Support for managing your neurological condition
At Sue Ryder, we’re here for people with conditions such as Huntington’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, as well as those with conditions resulting from a brain or spinal injury or stroke. We understand that self-management means people are better informed about their condition, better prepared for everyday challenges and better supported when they need to be.
Our free self-management services give people with life-changing conditions affecting the brain and nervous system the tools, skills and support they need to take a proactive role in managing their own health and wellbeing. They support people to share information and experiences, make new friends, build confidence and get more involved with their local community. This is achieved through facilitated activities and therapies that boost energy levels, and support people to feel mentally and physically renewed.
Dee View's Self-Management service
Dee View Court also runs a free self-management service for people with neurological conditions who live in their own homes in the city of Aberdeen. This service has been designed to offer support within your home, over the phone and in the community, depending on what you wish to achieve.
Support for you
Support workers and our specialist nurse offer short-term support including practical tools, techniques and information to help you manage your health and wellbeing.
If longer-term support is required, we can match you with a local volunteer befriender. This type of support, which is more than just a sitting service, enables you to form real relationships.
This service is led by a clinical nurse specialist, and a team of support workers and volunteers. We can support you with whatever you wish to achieve.
- companionship and conversation
- emotional support
- recreational or educational activities
- help to reconnect with your community and friends
- information on other services that could help
- support if you have been in hospital
- support to build new relationships
- support to understand your condition better
- support to maintain your hobbies and interests.
Support for your carer
To fully support you, we know your carers need to be supported as well.
That’s why the service also provides opportunities for carers to take a break, and receive emotional support from our staff and volunteers.
Who provides this service?
This free service is supported by the Transforming Self-Management in Scotland Fund, which is provided by the Scottish Government and administered by Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.
Activities and support are delivered by Sue Ryder support workers and trained volunteers, who are overseen by a specialist Sue Ryder nurse.
What service users say
Carol had a stroke in 2016 and had lost her confidence to go outdoors. After support Carol said:
I have my sense of worth back and my level of confidence has zoomed up. Sue Ryder coming into my life has been the very best."
Maggie suffered three strokes and her confidence was shattered. Having always been a ‘people person’ she started avoiding contact with friends and family, and was socially isolated at home. Following support, Maggie’s outlook has improved dramatically:
I look forward to going to the games night and I am so much more like myself."
Joan has had MS for over 20 years, and was only getting out of the house to attend medical appointments. Her mood was low, she didn’t enjoy food anymore and didn’t feel confident in herself. Since receiving support Joan now goes shopping for her own food, and her appetite and mood have both improved considerably! Joan says:
I want to say 'I’m free now' and I look forward to eating now."
Get more information about our Self-Management service
If you’d like more information or think you’d like to access this service, please get in touch:
Call: 01224 896 339
Dee View's 5Rs programme
Our 5Rs programme is a free ten-week course providing information and support for adults with multiple sclerosis in the local Aberdeen community.
Over ten weeks, a group of ten people can benefit from a person-centred programme that is designed to give them practical help and assistance, and meet their specific needs as people with multiple sclerosis.
What we offer
Each week, different activities are offered based around five basic principles:
- Relax – We offer therapies and the opportunity to socialise with other people living with your condition in a small, informal group.
- Rebuild – The programme is structured to help you build your confidence, and discover new skills and abilities.
- Re-energise – Our range of activities and therapies aims to boost your energy levels and motivation.
- Reintegrate – Attending the 5Rs gives you the chance to make new friends and raise the group's awareness of opportunities to become more involved in the community, work and leisure.
- Regenerate – The course is not just about physical needs; we also aim to help you feel emotionally and spiritually renewed.
The 5Rs programme is run by a trained facilitator and two assistants.
Benefits of the 5Rs
- Peer support and learning: share information, concerns, positive experiences and ways of managing your neurological condition. Try out a range of therapies or new activities.
- Meet new people in a friendly, informal and supportive setting.
- Access professional staff for information, care and support.
- Access information about a range of other services that are available.
Examples of the therapies we offer are: reflexology, aromatherapy, art and music therapies, gentle exercise and yoga.
Get more information about 5Rs
The programme runs on Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm over a period of ten weeks at:
Sue Ryder Dee View Court
If you would like to join the next course or have further questions, please get in touch:
Call: 01224 245 920 and ask for the 5Rs facilitator