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Clients of the Centre are able to access a wide range of programs including individual educational sessions with the nurse and dietitian educators, psychosocial counselling, clinic visits with their paediatrician/adult specialist and their clinical team, insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor sessions are often combined in individual and group sessions.  Off-site visits for our paediatric families in their home, school, and other community agencies are provided.

People with Type 1 diabetes are at greater risk of developing heart disease, kidney disease, amputation and going blind.


Initial Diagnosis & Education


  • Initial contact with Best Centre clinical team member at, or within hours of diagnosis to provide essentials of Type 1 Diabetes management and routines thru 1st month of diagnosis

  • Home visits may be facilitated with qualifying paediatric patients

  • Education sessions of 1-2 hours each as needed

  • Daily contact with educator for dose adjustments by pager, email as required

  • Cost, coverage and accessing supplies - start-up supplies provided by Centre (including emergency kit)


Follow-up Appointments


  • Goal setting

  • Individualized sessions with nurse and/or dietitian educators and our counsellors

  • Reinforcement of new skills and expanding on information available

  • Assessment of how patient and family is managing and coping

  • Addressing changing needs of growth and development, puberty

  • Preparation for college/university life, shift work, sports, transitioning to adult specialist

  • Life cycle transitions i.e. menopause, aging issues, work demands

  • Education and support for partner, spouse and others

  • Cost of supplies and coverage available


Nutrition Program

  • Individualized, flexible meal planning for all ages

  • Carbohydrate counting and label reading

  • Weight management

  • Alcohol and drugs

  • Special occasions and treats

  • Nutritional supplements and vitamin replacement

  • Herbal and over-the-counter supplements

  • Recipes, snack ideas and cookbooks

  • Dietary advice for additional health issues
    (celiac disease, food allergies/intolerances, GI disorders, lipid disorders, eating disorders...)


Insulin Pump Program


  • Recognized ADP program by Ministry of Health for insulin pumps (paediatric and adults)

  • State of the art insulin pump program initiated in 2000

  • Individual/group education and management: assessment of patient/family readiness for pump, pump information night, pump school, pump initiation and continued follow-up to ensure success in patient control, satisfaction and adherence to ADP requirements

  • Advanced Pumping program

  • Continuous Glucose Sensor program  


Type 1 Pregnancy Program


  • Advance pregnancy planning with the clinical team is ideal

  • Bi-weekly appointments with educator to prepare patient for the stages of pregnancy

  • Ensuring patient has access to services of diabetes specialist, obstetrician, geneticist, ophthalmologist as well as bi-weekly appointments with the team at the Centre

  • Screening and prompt intervention with any concerns

Mental Health/Social Work Program


  • All Paediatric patients and family have initial assessment

  • Access to Community agencies

  • High-Risk Patients

  • Support groups


Pager Program


  • Clinical staff member availability 24/7/365 for new and urgent patients


Telehealth (Telemedicine)


  • Long distance appointments available for patients not able to come to the Centre to meet with their educator through a secure Telehealth system


Other Events and Services


  • Special activities for paediatric patients and their families for fun and support

  • Fundraising events – Walkathon, Golf Tournament, Gala, Bingo

  • Variety of opportunities for volunteer participation

  • Annual conference for health professionals focused on the Adult with Type 1 Diabetes

  • On-site point of care HbA1c testing - by finger prick with results in 6 minutes

  • Education sessions arranged for schools, extended family members who are primary caregivers, day cares, group home staff and a variety of community groups and service clubs

  • Emergency kit provided for all newly diagnosed paediatric patients; extra kits available for purchase

  • Information available on current and upcoming blood testing meters, insulin pumps, continuous glucose sensors and numerous other devices and equipment

  • Participation of our clinical team members in community health-related events

  • Opportunities to participate in Type 1 research projects within and outside of the Centre
    (e.g. Trialnet, Hospital for Sick Children, Mount Sinai and University of Toronto)

  • Outreach & Engagement (Volunteer) Committee

  • The Centre also accepts community placement of University Degree students including nurses, dietitians and social workers (subject to availability)