Each Primary Care Network (PCN) in the Calgary Zone offers help for adults living with or at risk for diabetes.

Your medical home team

PCN clinicians work with you long-term to help you best reach your health goals. Clinicians answer your questions one-on-one, and connect you with other people who can help you, such as:

  • Family physicians
  • Certified diabetes educators
  • Health management nurses (including weight and chronic disease management)
  • Dietitians
  • Clinical pharmacists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Exercise specialists
  • Behavioural health consultants
  • Community support workers
  • Social workers
  • Mental health therapists
  • Patient care coordinators.

Your medical home

A diagnosis of diabetes can be a lot to understand, but we can help you to manage it. PCN clinicians provide a range of supportive health management services. You’ll be cared for close to home by a healthcare team that understands your needs.

Screening and coordination

Patient care coordinators help keep your health on track. They review your medical history, make sure your health records are up to date, and help arrange care with everyone on your healthcare team.

Nutrition and lifestyle

PCNs offer classes, workshops and one-on-one sessions for you to ask questions, learn new plans of action and feel supported as you set your health goals.

Foot care

Enhanced education around foot care is an important part of managing your diabetes. Nerve damage can lead to numbness in the feet, making you less aware of foot injuries and ulcers.

Blood sugar and insulin management

PCN clinicians guide you through checking your blood sugar, responding to sugar highs and lows, and how to maintain your blood sugar level.

PCNs also offer plans and education for insulin management. Learning about insulin injections, testing and injection equipment, as well as the risks associated with low blood sugar will help you set up a healthy daily routine.

Your PCN team cares about you and your well-being. We’re here to help you reach your health goals. Visit mypcn.ca.

Written by Melissa Ligertwood

This story appears in the Winter 2018 issue of Health Matters magazine. Read the full issue here.