Finding support for yourself

In Bradford Council we are dedicated to support the district in living their lives in the most self sufficient way possible to promote independence and well-being.

Connect to Support is a marketplace to buy your own support whether this is equipment to assist you, looking for assistance in your home or even a directory of care homes should you or someone you know require this. It also has a directory of voluntary support groups and services including social clubs within the district.

If you are unable to find what the service you are looking for, more information is provided on our getting support from us pages.

Able 4 Life

Able 4 Life has been made by people who work in healthcare to help make everyday life at home easier. It also supports people who have sight, hearing or memory loss, or may need telecare support.

You can assess the tasks you need help with and find equipment to buy online from different places including Amazon or specialist suppliers. Able 4 Life has information on community services which offer support. Visit Able 4 Life at www.able4lifebradford.org.uk

Rally Round

Rally Round is a FREE online service which allows friends, family, neighbours and care staff to work together more easily when looking after a loved one or service user.

Rally Round allows a network to be created around a person with care needs. Anything that the person needs help with can be listed as a task. Then, trusted friends, family members, neighbours or staff involved in their care can see this, discuss it, agree to take the task on and let everyone know when it has been done.

It is a voluntary-based neighbourhood support service and is free to use.

It works on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones and a daily or weekly e-mail provides a useful reminder of what people have agreed to do.

To find out more visit https://www.rallyroundme.com/bradford where you can watch the video, or join the site.

What is Self Care?

Self Care is about looking after yourself, living a healthy lifestyle and looking at what you can do and want to do, rather than what you can’t do.

It is also about taking responsibility for your own health and wellbeing with the support of the people involved in your care. This could be brushing your teeth regularly, taking medicine when you have a cold, or doing some exercise It is really important to help to keep yourself as well as possible.

Learning to manage your condition

If you have a long term condition, there are extra things you may need to consider, such as making changes to your diet, different types of exercise or different types of medication you may need to take.

When you talk to your doctor, nurse or social care provider about your condition, you may want to discuss some of the things you need to do to stay well.

Some of these will be things that you do yourself, such as eating healthily, exercising, or taking your medicines at the right time. By being in control of your health, you can help improve your quality of life.

Self Care Packs

Four virtual self care packs have been developed to support people to feel more confident about self care issues and to remain independent.

They are designed for individuals, family and friends to better manage and understand their condition.
The packs for Dementia, Heart Failure, Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) are available from the self care page. Further self care packs are being developed.

For more information, please contact:

Tina Butler
Self Care Programme Manager
Email: self.care@bradford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01274 437963

Self Care Advice

It is important to stay active and do things that are important to you, such as gardening, seeing friends and family, going on holiday, or continuing to work where possible.

Here are some self care tips:

  • Stay healthy by eating well and being active – make time to spend with friends…all year round 
  • Get a flu jab if you’re in a vulnerable group 
  • Wrap up warm when it’s cold, add more layers of clothing and wear correct footwear in bad weather! 
  • Learning to manage your condition is a good thing – puts you in control, improves your quality of life and helps you stay healthy. There is lots of information and support available to help you to do this 
  • Talk to your healthcare professional and pharmacist about the services and support available to help you live with your long term condition

Remember . . .

  • Most common ailments, such as colds, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache) can’t be treated with antibiotics… 
  • …instead, rest, drink plenty of fluids, take pain relievers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen and talk to your pharmacist for advice on getting the relief you need

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