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Living with a long term condition (LTC) is a life long journey. It means you
will need to learn about your condition, how to manage it and the effect it will
have on your life.
Our aim is for you to live your life to the full and not have your life dominated by your LTC. This involves helping you to self care. Developing a personal care plan, in partnership with your healthcare professional, is essential to help you achieve living your life to your full potential.
Self care must be a part of daily life. It is about you being responsible for your own health and wellbeing. Actions you can take to:
Self Care can be as simple as taking your medicines regularly and eating
a healthy diet.
Self management is your ability to:
These things are part of living with a LTC.
Planning care that is personal to you:
Healthcare professionals will help in a number of ways.
You will be supported with information that helps you understand and
manage your LTC. This might be in the form of an Information Prescription.
It may be included in a self management plan, it may be typed or
Your personal care plan may cover your:
This is taking into account that other factors affect your total health and wellbeing as well as your medical needs. Taking all your needs into account may open up more choices for you when planning how you can manage your LTC.
The care plan is a record of the actions that you have agreed in order to achieve the goals you have set for yourself to help you manage and control your LTC. It is your plan, you own it, and you can share it with whomever you choose. Your healthcare professional will discuss with you who in the multi-disciplinary team your care plan is best shared with so other professionals are aware of the goals you are trying to achieve and can ensure their plans are complementary.
undertake your own assessment