Self Care is a way of looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it's brushing your teeth, taking medicine when you have a cold, or doing some exercise. It is really important to help to keep yourself as well as possible.
If you have a long-term condition, there are extra things you may need to consider, such as making changes to your diet, different types of exercise or different types of medication you may need to take.
It is important to stay active and do things that are important to you, such as gardening, seeing friends and family, going on holiday, or continuing to work where possible. Self care involves looking at what you can do and want to do, rather than what you can't do.
Living a healthy lifestyle is an important part of self care for everyone. You can take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, with support from the people involved in your care.
When you talk to your doctor, nurse or social care provider about your condition, you may want to discuss some of the things you need to do to stay well. Some of these will be things that you do yourself, such as eating healthily, exercising, or taking your medicines at the right time.
Four virtual self care packs have been developed, Dementia, Heart Failure, Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
The packs have been developed for the person with the condition and are designed to support and empower people to feel more confident about self care, maintaining independence, control and responsibility. It is hopeful that the packs will be a useful resource, in supporting people to manage and understand their condition better.
For more information, please contact, Self.Care@bradford.gov.uk
Self Care sits within the Integration of Health and Social Care Programme across Bradford district and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, working together across health, social care and the third sector.