Christmas is fast approaching and the Reablement Service at Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind are as busy as ever helping people to manage their long-term condition over this festive period.
Our service aspires to help people living with long term health conditions such COPD, diabetes, chronic pain, mobility problems or neurological conditions to manage their condition independently with the aim that they can develop coping strategies that can improve health and wellbeing.
We offer two services – Mind Reablement Service operates in Middlesbrough and also Redcar and Cleveland, whilst the Close 2 Home service works with clients from the Stockton area.
We welcome self-referrals, as well as referrals from professionals and other services. Most of our clients are seen in their own home, (eliminating the worry of getting to appointments) offering up to eight one to one sessions focusing on areas such as pain and fatigue management, relaxation and emotional support alongside rebuilding confidence and self-esteem; in fact, we tailor the support to fit around the individual, with our purpose being to help clients cope with their condition positively.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, people come together, exchange gifts and overindulge with scrumptious food. However, for those with a long-term condition it can be a difficult, frustrating and stressful time of year.
If you are living with a long-term condition that effects your mobility, getting out in normal weather can be a challenge, so negotiating icy conditions with mobility aids can be an extremely frightening experience. This can result avoiding to visits to see family or attend festive activities such as nativities, Pantos or Christmas fares. It can quickly become a time of loneliness and isolation which can impact on your mental wellbeing, triggering depression and anxiety.
Also as temperatures drop, chronic pain can get worse. Joint and muscle pain often become unbearable in cold environments, physical conditions such as arthritis can be much more problematic during the damp, cold winter months.
• Choose good non slip footwear when walking outside and ask family members or friends to walk beside you, for extra support.
• Try to save a little extra throughout the year for those winter bills so you can have the heating on without worry – remember to claim any discounts from your energy suppliers.
• Have lots of cosy blankets at the ready to wrap up warm and watch those Christmas movies!
• Explain your situation to family and friends and perhaps invite them to come to your home to enjoy some festive celebrations – although keep it simple and relaxed so you don’t burn yourself out entertaining!