Hazelhill, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.

Living Well programme to help adults with long term health conditions

Hazelhill Family Practice are pleased to share the details of the Living Well scheme – a free, six-week programme for adults with long-term health conditions.

This 6 week programme equips patients with practical skills and confidence to self-manage their long-term health condition. Conditions can include heart conditions, COPD, asthma, diabetes, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, depression and chronic pain, amongst others.

The Living Well programme is for anyone 18 years or over who is living with a long-term condition or caring for someone with a long-term condition.

The programme comprises six weekly online workshops, each lasting 2.5 hours. The workshops are delivered in a relaxed and friendly way to encourage engagement from up to 12 participants. It is delivered by two trained facilitators of whom at least one is living with a long-term health condition.

The course is designed around key self-management skills and focuses on a different core area each week. Patients are also coached in setting goals, solving problems, managing medications, coping with difficult emotions e.g. low mood and/or depression, communication skills with loved ones and your healthcare team.

Here’s what’s covered each week:

Week 1 – Using your mind to deal with symptoms, managing fatigue and the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Week 2 – Learning how to cope with difficult emotions, the importance (where possible) of physical activity and how to prevent falls.

Week 3 – Decision making, pain management and healthy eating.

Week 4 – Better breathing, reading food labels, communication skills.

Week 5 – Medication management, positive thinking, dealing with low moods and feelings of depression.

Week 6 – Making informed treatment decisions, planning for the future.

For more information, please click here: https://youtu.be/YxQeEFG27ic  or see www.hse.ie/LivingWell

To read more about the ‘Living Well’ programme, you can also read the brochure below.

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