Living with a long-term health condition can be a daily challenge, no matter how old you are and how long you’ve lived with your condition. We want to support you so that you can manage your condition and live a fulfilling and independent life.

Have you spoken to someone yet about what care and support might make life easier? Find out how to get information about care and support.

There are plenty of things you can do to increase your independence. These include getting support to stay in your own home or getting advice on things like: 

- where to live
- things to do including groups, activities and services
- help with meals
- home from hospital services
- work and learning
- preparing for adulthood.

If one of your friends or family members looks after you, they should also find out about support available for carers.

Well Aware

Wellbeing Options supports people in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives. Here you will find information about local care providers, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources

 

A long term (or chronic) health condition cannot be cured but its symptoms and complications can usually be controlled with medicines or other treatment. Examples are arthritis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and high blood pressure. Long term health conditions can affect all aspects of your life – your family, job, housing, education and finances. 

For more information about your specific condition, visit NHS Choices website.

Research shows that people who cope best with their long term health condition are those who are supported to manage their own health in partnership with their doctors and other professionals. Knowing what is available will help give you the confidence to understand when to manage things yourself (‘self-care’) and when to ask for help. Managing your own condition is easier when you are involved in decisions from the start. Your GP, hospital specialists, voluntary organisations, the internet and the library may all be useful sources of information. It's a good idea to sign up for the patient expert programme. This is a self-management course run by the NHS that will help you manage your condition better.

If you have Multiple Sclerosis, please contact the Sirona care & health MS nurse clinic. Click here for details.

If you have a long term neurological condition or you are recovering from a stroke, please contact the Sirona care & health community neuro and stroke service.

If you require specialist nursing at home for conditions like cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, MS, MND, tissue viability or chronic heart failure, contact the Sirona care & health specialist nursing team.

Find out more about epilepsy, diagnosis and treatment from NHS Choices.

If you have epilepsy and a learning disability, you can get support from a specialist epilepsy nurse Sirona care & healthcare for people with learning disabilities.

If you are aged over 80, the Sirona Active Ageing service will help you manage your long term condition.

If you are worried about your mental health, talk to your GP as soon as possible.

Find out what's on for people with long term health conditions.

Have you spoken to someone yet about what care and support might make life easier? Find out how to get information and advice about care and support to ensure you get the right help.

If you have a long-term health condition, you may qualify for various benefits, tax credits, grants, payments and concessions. These include help with transport costs and parking, help to buy support from a carer, housing benefit and council tax reduction, income support, working tax credit and VAT exemption. You may also be able to claim special sources of finance if your condition is occupation-related or you were a member of the Armed Forces.

Visit this excellent Citizens Advice Bureau page for information about what benefits you may be eligible for.

Find out more about claiming benefits on the council website. Or drop into your local one stop shop to talk to someone face to face.

If you are looking after a family member or friend who has a long term health condition, it is really important that you get the support you need as well. Contact our partner the BANES Carers Centre for an informal discussion about the caring you do. Find out more about the support available if you are looking after someone.

Have you spoken to someone yet about what care and support might make life easier? Find out how to get information about care and support that is available locally.

If you have Multiple Sclerosis, please contact the Sirona care & health MS nurse clinic. Click here for details.

If you have a long term neurological condition or you are recovering from a stroke, please contact the Sirona care & health community neuro and stroke service.

If you require specialist nursing at home for conditions like cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, MS, MND, tissue viability or chronic heart failure, contact the Sirona care & health specialist nursing team.

Find out more about epilepsy, diagnosis and treatment from NHS Choices.

If you have epilepsy and a learning disability, you can get support from a specialist epilepsy nurse Sirona care & healthcare for people with learning disabilities.

If you are aged over 80, the Sirona Active Ageing service will help you manage your long term condition.

Find out about what's on for people with long term health conditions.

Visit our work and learning section to find out about:
- support to get you into work, training or a course of study.
- support to help you stay in work or training if you are struggling because of your long term health condition.

Visit our staying in your own home section to find out about support to get you back on your feet after a spell in hospital. There is also information about equipment and support to help you live safely and comfortably at home.

If you feel that your medical needs mean that you need to move out of your current home, find out what your options our in our where should I live? section.

Find out about support for carers if you are looking after someone with a long term health condition.

Well Aware

Wellbeing Options supports people in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives. Here you will find information about local care providers, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources

 

 

 

 

 

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