What is a long term condition?
A long-term condition is an illness or disorder that you are living with which cannot be cured but can be treated with medication or other therapies. They include diabetes, asthma, dementia, strokes or heart care, cancer, or COPD.
Living with a long-term condition such as (heart care, stroke, or dementia) can be a daily challenge. However old you are and however long you've lived with your condition, taking care of your own health, known as self care, can help you manage your condition and get on with your life - putting you in control. Find out how living a healthier lifestyle can help.
You can also try PLANS which is an online questionnaire to help you find local activities to support you in making changes towards a healthier lifestyle.
There are different types of self-management courses and support available to help you build up your confidence and coping skills. Salford Health Improvement Team offers a free course on keeping well for people with long-term conditions who want to build up their confidence.
If you have experienced a life-changing event such as an injury, illness, trauma, or bereavement, you may lose your confidence and drop out of social activities or day-to-day tasks. Age UK Salford runs a project which can help you feel more confident and help you start to connect with people again. You can refer yourself, a friend, or loved one to the project, which normally lasts between 8 and 12 weeks.
Getting financial support
If you have a long-term health condition or a disability, you may be entitled to financial help. If you need help completing forms for Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Community Care Grants, Salford CAB can help. They can also can look into grants and charitable trust applications.
They also have specific advice and information services if you have an illness such as cancer, HIV, Huntingtons Disease, or Autistic spectrum disorder.
Keith is living with two long conditions. Watch his story in the videos below: