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Your Steps to Better Health

Our aim is to help you feel confident and in control of your own care so you can live as independently as possible. This means your Locala healthcare team will be supporting you to take more control and responsibility for your own health, wellbeing and treatment.

After all you’re the expert in what matters to you.

Your Locala healthcare team will work with you to:

  • Understand what’s important to you and your health
  • Help you manage your own care
  • Teach you how to self-medicate including injections or other skills that help you feel more in control of your care (as appropriate)
  • Set manageable goals to increase your confidence and independence
  • Help you get the right information and support  

Here are some simple steps to help you safely manage your care at home or in a healthcare setting

Ask the right questions

If you ask the right questions you will get the answers you need to help you make informed decisions. For example:

  • What are my options?
  • What are the possible risks and benefits of these options?
  • What skills and information do I need to manage my own care?

Preventing falls

  • Wear slip socks, laced up or snug fitting shoes or slippers with rubber soles.
  • Where possible remove obstacles in your home
  • Use your usual walking aids.
  • If you need any assistance, tell us.

Preventing blood clots

  • Try to do simple leg and ankle exercises.
  • Drink fluids as recommended.
  • Take blood-thinning tablets or injections as advised
  • Wear your stockings if advised and move as often as you can.

Preventing infection

  • Wash/decontaminate your hands before and after visiting the toilet, and before all meals.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask our staff if they have washed their hands before any contact with you.
  • Tell us if you have diarrhoea or vomiting.

Your medicines

  • Tell us if you have an allergy, or if you do not understand what your medicines are for.
  • Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any concerns you may have.
  • Ask about possible side effects.

Pressure ulcer prevention

  • Reduce the risk of developing a pressure ulcer by changing your position as often as possible.
  • Check your skin, or ask someone to check it for you, on a daily basis.
  • Please let us know as soon as you have concerns, so we can help you relieve pressure, reduce risks and receive specialist equipment.
  • Pressure ulcers can develop anywhere on the body, especially if you are in a high risk group.

Live well

Living with a health condition isn’t easy but there are plenty of things you can do to lead a better life

Access local support to help you manage your health and wellbeing, visit: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/community/yourHealth/selfCare.aspx

Any concerns?

Once you feel more confident to self manage your care you may not need our input but you can still contact the service if you have any questions or concerns.

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