Self care starts with looking after your health to make sure you stay well. Many minor illnesses and injuries can be cared for at home, with no need to visit your GP. There are many ways you can access expert advice from home on how to manage feeling unwell.
The NHS website has clinical advice on the symptoms and treatment for hundreds of common illnesses.
Ask a pharmacist
Remember that your local pharmacist is a trained medical professional who can advise you on the right medicine to help with many ailments, such as sore throats, colds, asthma, eczema, hay fever, period pain and diarrhoea and vomiting.
Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet
Be prepared for common illnesses and injuries by keeping your medicine cabinet stocked with these items all year round.
First aid kit
A well-prepared first aid kit can help treat minor cuts, sprains and bruises, and reduce the risk of cuts becoming infected. Make sure your first aid kit has:
- A thermometer
- Eyewash solution
- Sterile dressings
- Medical tape
Reduce the risk of falls
Here some useful resources to help you mitigate the risk of falls
- Steady Steps booklet is available online.
- Falls prevention classes are available here.
- Online videos to help build your strength to prevent falls are available here:
- Falls Prevention: Beginner - YouTube
- Falls Prevention: Intermediate - YouTube
- Falls Prevention: Advanced - YouTube
- Backward chaining - YouTube