DASH Program

Diabetes Active Steps for Health

The DASH program is currently under review and is not accepting new referrals.

What is the DASH Program?

The DASH program is aimed at the early identification of risk for falls and early identification of foot ulcer risks in people with diabetes. In our assessments, we use gait (walking) and balance measures. As part of the assessment, we use a technology called Stepscan® that provides detailed information about walking and balance.  We also help patients obtain foot care services when appropriate to reduce the risk of diabetic foot ulcers. 

The DASH Program includes:

  • Fall risk screening by a physiotherapist
  • Home exercise program
  • Home safety information
  • Screening for common diabetic foot issues
  • Education to prevent falls and common foot issues
  • 8-week follow-up and reassessment

Am I at risk for falls?

  • You may be at risk for falls if you…
  • Feel unsteady when walking
  • Have changes in sensation in your feet
  • Have problems with balance
  • Have impaired vision
  • Have impaired thinking or planning
  • Wear clothes/shoes that don’t fit right
  • Struggle to get around obstacles 
  • Use a combination of medications
  • Have fallen in the past
  • Consume alcohol or cannabis regularly

How can the DASH Program help me?

Falls are an important concern among the elderly, even more so with our aging diabetic population. The impact of a fall goes beyond injury to include psychological distress, fear of falling, and a decrease in physical activities. Fear of falling and decreased mobility further increase the risk of falling.  A decrease in physical activity is of concern for people living with diabetes as physical activity plays an important role in helping to regulate glycemic control.  

Am I eligible?

Anyone who is living with diabetes and can walk at least 10 metres independently (can use a cane or walker), and meets one of the following criteria is eligible to participate in the DASH Program.

  • Age 50 or older
  • Has experienced a fall
  • Is at high risk for falls
  • Has changes in sensation in feet

Will I need a referral?

The DASH program is currently under review and is not accepting new referrals.

Where is the DASH Program located?

The DASH Program is located in the Polyclinic at 199 Grafton St., Charlottetown, which is accessible by wheelchair. For help finding the suite call 902-288-1170.

How long does an appointment take?

An appointment is expected to take about one hour. Following the assessment, patients receive a customized home exercise program, education and referrals to foot care services if needed. A Licensed Practical Nurse is available 1 day a week to provide foot care for those unable to access community foot care services.

How can I contact the DASH program?

Please call (902) 288-1170 or email DASHProgram@ihis.org

Information for Clinicians

DASH FAQ for Clinicians

DASH Referral Form

Published date: 
March 12, 2024
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