chronic disease is a condition thatis not going to go away within a timeframe say six months so meaning that probably the patient is going to live with the condition that is going toaffect him or her for the long time. it is a very complex care because the clients and the patients goingthrough a program they seldom have just two or three problems. and, in fact, many of them they have acombination of maybe even more than one or two chronicdiseases together with
other diseases as well. we have a program offered here that is a chronic disease self-management workshop. the workshop is very interactive, it's six-weeks long and people come together for six weeks to really learn how to take control and manage the areas of their chroniccondition that they can manage. every week we all, including thefacilitators, set goals for ourselves, action plans that we can achievesuccessfully. and really what it does is it allows people to sort of develop a record of achievement over thesix weeks and when they look back and
see all the things they've done that's really powerful.it doesn't have to be anything necessarily even related to health, it could be "i just want to clean out my drawers this week" because you want to be able to get people movingtowards many things that they want to do. and then once they do that they'relikely to then extend that into managing their health. in the day hospital in all thepatients that actually go through our program, we have the entire team working with them but by the time they're to leave the program
after three months, then we have arecreational assistant and as well as a recreationaltherapist to help them do what we call linking, it's trying to link them from this program, which is a fairly high level multidisciplinary program, to a program that is available in the community, because thesepatients at going to have to live with the condition on along-term basis it is most important to get themmotivated to be part of their monitoring as well as management ofthe disease.
we invite caregivers to come along aslong as they're willing to be a participant in the program; so they're not speaking just on behalf ofwho they're with but they actually are a participant and weencourage that because we do you find that whatever they take away or learn in the program they're likely to reinforce for each other. the idea is that for family as well as all the health care professionals is tothink about the person
as a whole and i think it's alwaysimportant particularly in the seniors always to look at the bigpicture, be holistic. we seldom are just looking into one problem, you're not looking after oneproblem but we are actually looking after a living real person. and so, themost important thing i think is for us to be able to focus on the entire person. when we talk about the health, it is not just one part of the body that we have to look after, it is actuallythe entire person.
it can be be from brain to the heart, to the lungs, to the kidneys and that's important.