'Living Well'- A Toolkit for Better Health

A programme for adults with longterm health conditions

“Living Well”, a programme designed for adults over eighteen who are living with or caring for someone with a long-term health condition, begins in Arklow and Shankill next week . The programme consists of group workshops which take place once a week for six weeks and is free of charge.

Living with diabetes, heart conditions, COPD, kidney disease, MS or any number of long term health conditions can bring its own set of unique challenges. This Sláintecare funded programme, which has been rolled out in other parts of Ireland, is delivered by trained tutors who themselves have personal experience of dealing with long term conditions. Participants will gain practical skills such as learning how to communicate better with health care professionals and how to manage their medication. It will also provide tools to boost self-confidence and tackle the emotional issues that can arise when living with a long term health condition.

“I’ve heard first-hand about the positive impact that the programme has been having on the participants,” says Mary Gowing, HSE Self-Management Coordinator who is leading the programme. “The increase in confidence that people have gained is really impressive. I do hope more and more people will avail of this opportunity to develop the skills to really enhance their quality of life day to day.”

The programme will be offered at ten locations in the HSE’s Community East area in 2020 starting with Arklow and Shankill with future dates for Wicklow Town and Carnew. Arklow workshops will begin on Thursday 5th March (10.30am to 1pm) and continue for six weeks at the Bridge Christian Centre, Arklow. Readers in the Bray/Shankill area are advised that workshops will begin on Thursday 5th March (10.30am to 1pm) at Shanganagh Park House.

All information on how to enrol in “Living Well” can be obtained by contacting the

HSE Self-Management team at 01 268 3132 or cho6.selfmanagementsupport@hse.ie

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Last updated on: 02 / 03 / 2020