Self Care

Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

Several general principles are key when supporting self management:

  • Involving patients in decision making.
  • Developing care plans as a partnership between patients and professionals.
  • Setting goals, with pro-active follow up on achievements.
  • Helping patients monitor their symptoms and know when to take appropriate action and in managing the social, emotional and physical impacts of their conditions.
  • Motivating patients using targeted approaches and structured support.
  • Helping patients to monitor symptoms and know when to take appropriate action.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles.
  • Educating patients on their conditions and how to self manage.

More information is available here.*

Factsheets for common ailments are available here.

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