Following two strokes caused by diabetes and high blood pressure, Guillermo Rodas learned about the new Centre for Complex Diabetes Care (CCDC) at The Scarborough Hospital.
Though skeptical at first, the severity of his illness compelled Guillermo to insist on a referral. Since his first appointment, he has been delighted with the interprofessional care provided by the team.
“When you have a chronic disease, having support to deal with emotional, social and economic issues is vital to minimize the tension and uncertainty that exists,” explained Guillermo. “For the first time, I felt I was being heard by a team of experts in the field of diabetes, and I believe they spent the necessary time with me for a proper medical examination to get an accurate diagnosis for future treatment.”
Guillermo was so impressed with the CCDC that he recommended the program to his wife. After her first interview, Mrs. Rodas was pleasantly surprised to see how well the team approach worked.
The Rodas’s were especially pleased that care was provided by a social worker.
“The support and guidance we received from the social worker was a key factor in minimizing the emotional burden that we were carrying,” said Guillermo.
“I’m really so happy,” said Guillermo. “It’s the best unit I’ve found for people with a chronic disease.”
He added he believes the CCDC will succeed as long as the team continues to show enthusiasm, sincerity, honesty and concern for its patients.