Understanding self care for life
Somerset CCG is supporting the Self Care Forum's Self Care Week which runs from 14 - 20 November 2016.
Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on establishing support for self care across communities, families and generations.
More needs to be done to support people to better look after their own health. Empowering individuals to self care has many benefits for their short term and long term health and this is important since people are living longer.
Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.
What is self care?
Self care means knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions and when to seek appropriate clinical help.
If you have a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.
Find out more
There is a lot of information on NHS Choices about how you can use self care to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Visit NHS Choices
Find out more about self care and choosing the right NHS service for you on the Your Health page of this website.