Self care is all about empowering you with the confidence and information to look after yourself when you can, and visiting health and care professionals when you need to. This gives you greater control of your own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long-term.
A disability identification card allows you to alert other people that you have a disability and need some support. This could include using special facilities or being able to take advantage of special offers (for example free entry for a support worker).
For more advice on avoiding falls and staying healthy download the get up and go booklet [PDF].
You can also undertake a range of simple strength and balance exercises that can help improve co-ordination and balance by downloading the supplementary 'Get Up and Go' guidance booklet.
Drop in sessions for families with new babies and young children. Health visitor sessions offer advice and support around looking after your child as well as facilities such as weighing your baby.
Your local council can arrange free collection of infectious/hazardous medical waste. They will provide yellow sacks for this. Boxes can also be provided for sharp (needle/syringes) collections.
The collections no longer include non-hazardous continence pads which should be placed in the non-recyclable bin.
If you have difficulty with everyday tasks there is a range of equipment available to help you.
If you know what type of equipment you are looking for you should be able to find it through one of the suppliers in this section. If you are unable to do so you may need to have a care and support assessment. Following this the County Council will talk to you about your situation and what equipment might help you. Any equipment the County Council provides is free of charge for as long as you need it.
Many people have an informal carer living with them, or perhaps living nearby, who helps them on a regular basis. Carers sometimes need a break and this may be provided in several ways:
- through the shared lives service
- through a short break
- by using your direct payment
- in a residential service or by someone providing respite within your own home
The best option for you all will depend on the person's needs, the urgency of the situation and personal choice and cost.
Self help and support groups provide a forum for people to talk to others who face similar issues and to share their experience. They are an opportunity for people to learn from each other and provide each other with support.