Looking After Me (self management course for carers)
Under the Live Well - Stay Well programme, Looking After Me is a self management course for people in a caring role. It helps carers to understand the importance of their own health needs, as well as discussing the everyday difficulties of caring in a safe environment with people who have similar problems or needs.
'Helping Carers to Look After Themselves'
'Find a New Path to Help You Manage Your Caring Role'
The Looking After Me course is for anyone over the age of 18 who finds themselves in a caring situation. This can include helping someone else, be them young or old, caring on a full time or part time basis, caring through choice or due to a sense of obligation.
With an emphasis on self care, the course covers a new skill each week, ranging from improving communication with those around you to ways of coping with tiredness, the importance of maintaining a well balanced diet, and identifying the need to plan for the future. The course helps people to gain more confidence recognising their own health conditions that may be forgotten about within their caring role, and to learn and apply skills to enable them to take more control of their lives.
The Looking After Me course is run by volunteers who themselves live with long term health conditions or have been carers, and they are supported by Health Care Professionals. All volunteers have successfully completed a training course under license from Stanford University, and are regularly assessed by a Stanford qualified external body.
Where to find us
The Looking After Me course originated in, and is primarily based at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital. However, courses are held at various Health and Community Centres Island wide. The course lasts for 6 weeks, and each session lasts for 2 and half hours, including time for refreshments.
Joining a course
All people who find themselves within a caring role over the age of 18 are invited to attend a course. Looking After Me can be contacted directly via phone, text or email.