Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Self-Management Programs provide participants with the skills, tools, and information they need to manage their medical condition. Our goal is to help them lead happier healthier lives.
About Our Programs
Our Self-Management Programs provide evidence-based guidance, education, and information to assist people in coping with a variety of chronic conditions, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
All Self-Management Programs are free of charge and funded in part by the Community Health Team and Vermont Blueprint for Health. Our programs are delivered in a group workshop format and facilitated by trained leaders who have a personal understanding of chronic disease.
At Rutland Regional, we understand that living with a chronic condition comes with unique challenges. Our programs empower you to gain control of your health and improve your overall well-being by teaching you a variety of practical skills, including:
- Techniques to manage frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
- Exercises to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Strategies for communicating with family, friends, and health professionals
- Effective decision-making
- How to manage your diet and lifestyle to promote optimal health
- How to appropriately use medication
- How to evaluate healthcare options and new treatments
Rutland Regional offers several Self-Management Programs, including:
Chronic Disease Workshop
Our Chronic Disease Workshop provides general chronic disease management information and guidance designed for individuals who are living with a variety of conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, depression, liver disease, bipolar disorder, emphysema and more. The workshop meets for 2.5 hours once a week for six weeks.
Chronic Pain Workshop
Our Chronic Pain Workshop is designed for individuals who are living with chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3-6 months) including musculoskeletal, fibromyalgia, pelvic, post-surgical and post-stroke pain. The workshop meets for 2.5 hours once a week for six weeks.
Our Diabetes Workshop is designed for individuals who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The program is facilitated by two leaders who have personal experience with diabetes and focuses on providing patients with strategies to deal with symptoms. The workshop meets for 2.5 hours once a week for six weeks.
Diabetes Prevention Program
Our Diabetes Prevention Program is designed for individuals age 18 or older who are overweight and have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or gestational diabetes. The workshop is based on a program developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help people prevent Type 2 diabetes through diet and activity changes that promote weight loss. The workshop meets for one hour once a week for 16 weeks, followed by five biweekly sessions and four monthly sessions.
Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
The WRAP program is designed for individuals who are living with a mental health condition or who want to incorporate wellness strategies into their lives. Program participants will develop a written action plan to help them cope with challenges and stressors. The WRAP program is run by two leaders from the Copeland Center. The program offers 24 hours of content delivered in a series of workshops.