Walsall residents of all ages who want to manage their long term health conditions or find out more about staying well and healthy are being targeted through national Self Care Week.
This year's Self Care Week is underway and runs until Sunday 19 November, taking the theme: “Embracing Self Care for Life.” Information sessions are being staged today (Tuesday 14 November) between 10am and 3pm in the Main Atrium of Walsall Manor Hospital and again tomorrow (Wednesday 15 November) at Pinfold Health Centre in Bloxwich from 8.30am until 11.30am.
Jo Hannigan, Business Support Manager for Self Care Management Programmes at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Self Care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, when a pharmacist can help and when to get advice from your GP, Emergency Department or another health professional.
“People can become experts at understanding and managing their own conditions and Self Care Week highlights how they can develop their skills and knowledge further to enable them to do so.
“For people with any kind of long term condition such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes or depression, they know how to adapt to manage the limitations that these conditions can sometimes bring as well as how to make the most of better days when they’re able to do more.
“We are looking forward to meeting people as part of national Self Care Week to explain the support that is available and make them aware of the courses and volunteering opportunities that are available to them. These are accessed by hundreds of borough patients of all ages who all benefit. We are also hoping that other healthcare colleagues come along to find out more about Self Care so they can signpost patients to our service.”
Jo added that many long term conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis and COPD are avoidable. Numbers are still increasing, however, so it is important to embrace Self Care, and make healthy life choices now in order to look after ourselves in the future.
For more information contact the trust’s Self Care Management Team on 01922 605490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org