Self Care and Support - Introduction
An increasing number of patients are living with a health condition that they will have for the long term, i.e. for the rest of their lives. These are referred to as long term conditions.
These long term conditions include Arthritis, Asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Chronic Pain, Dementia, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Visual Impairment (Low Vision) and there are many others.
People of any age could have a long term condition but we are more prone to have one or more of these conditions as we get older. It’s possible that like many people, you may have one or more long term condition. It’s possible you may be a relative or a friend and/or caring for someone with a long term condition. Whatever your situation, self management can help you.
To help patients across Shropshire to manage their long term condition(s), there is help from health, local authority and voluntary services.
As part of this, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (Shropshire CCG) can provide help with access to educational resources and materials and Self Help (Peer Support) groups across the county.
What is a Self Help (Peer Support) group?
The health related Self Help (Peer Support) groups are made up of people with a particular health condition and those that care for them (carers).
They are able and willing to share their experiences and knowledge to offer practical and emotional support to each other, providing valuable support and often based in the local area.
A group meeting format varies and can include a guest speaker, a social element and a time to ask and answer questions.
Self Care and Support