As the population ages, our lifestyles and habits change, more and more people are living with long term conditions that cannot currently be cured. In the UK more than 17 million adults have a long term condition such as diabetes, asthma, heart failure, arthritis, dementia or depression. Health and social care services support people with long term conditions by providing equipment, specialist staff and medicines to control symptoms.
In fact, it is estimated that about two-third of all healthcare resources are spent supporting people with long term conditions. Even so, 80% to 90% of all care for people with long term conditions is undertaken by patients themselves and their families. This self-management or self-care includes eating well, exercising, taking medicines, keeping in good mental health, watching for changes, coping if symptoms worsen and knowing when to seek professional help.
Supporting self-management involves educating people about their condition, care and motivating them to care for themselves better.
Please click on the labels of the bodymap for further self care information on conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, falls, etc.