The Self-management Support (SMS) programme is a HSE programme for adults living with long-term health conditions and their carers. It is available in Co Donegal.
Our mission is to support adults who are living with a long-term health condition, or caring for someone with one. We aim to provide information, services and programmes to support people to live as well as possible with their health condition and situation: in other words, to self-manage well.
Long-term health conditions
A long-term health condition is one which can be treated and controlled but, usually, not cured. It usually involves some functional impairment or disability.
Long-term health conditions include: diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, arthritis, depression and many others.
Self-management of your health condition is what you do on a daily basis, when you are not face-to-face with your doctor or other healthcare professionals.
Self-management involves making choices about your health and lifestyle. Good self-management means a better quality of life for you; it means living as well as possible with your health condition or circumstances.
Examples of good self-management are:
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Taking time for relaxation
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Taking medicines as prescribed
- Being more physically active
- Learning about your health condition
- Improving how you communicate with your doctor or healthcare professional
- Getting involved in community or social activities
- Monitoring signs of your health condition - for example, taking blood glucose levels if you have diabetes
We can all improve how we self-manage our health, but we need to be given the knowledge and skills to do so. The Self-management Support programme is committed to offering you the knowledge and skills that you need.
This support is there for you because self-management should not mean going it alone.