#TakeCareOfYou this February

Independence can be empowering – giving people the ability to make decisions for themselves. 

However, levels of independence can change as a result of mental or physical health.

Taking small steps to maintain independence is important, so throughout February, WCC is sharing some helpful advice using #TakeCareofYou across social media.

Messages and services supporting independence are being promoted across four different themes: helping yourself, protecting yourself, becoming independent and staying independent.

In later life, our independence can change but with the right help in place, people can enjoy activities and freedom to explore as much as possible.

For example, there are services to reduce the risks of falls and fractures to maximise physical wellbeing. You can also maintain independence by using AskSARA, an online tool that gives guided advice and tailored products to make daily living easier: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara.

A Hospital Social Prescribing Service now offers support to patients at Warwick Hospital, Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital and St Cross Hospital in Rugby, giving better access to available support in Warwickshire.

The service is run by AgeUK and helps people to access non-medical services to manage their own physical and mental health better and can encourage them to make lasting changes to their lifestyles, so they stay well.

It is important to take steps to protect yourself, such as attending screenings and getting immunisations like the flu jab. Did you know, that if you are aged between 40 and 74 you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check? A check-up is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. To book a health check call your GP or for more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/

The #TakeCareOfYou campaign will also share tips on nutrition and exercise to help people keep physically and mentally well for as long as possible.

Follow WCC and the #TakeCareOfYou campaign on Facebook @WarwickshireCountyCouncil and Twitter @Warwickshire_CC

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