Self-care includes all the things you do to take care of your well-being in four key dimensions – your emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual health. At Spectrum Health Care, we offer low-cost access to trained staff in helping you achieve better health overall by addressing areas in your life that are regularly left without direction in the patient/clinician relationship.
Why Self-Care Is Important
Every aspect of our life impacts our overall health. Without self-care, we tend to only address health concerns when we get sick. Learning how to manage stress, eat right, get exercise, say no and allow yourself quiet “down time” are just a few ways to increase your overall health. We also must be willing to stop and actually the take time to identify areas in our physical and mental health that needs a medical opinion as to how to proceed in managing that part of our life as well.
Without self-care, it becomes increasingly more difficult to manage and control ongoing medical conditions. When conditions are treated medically, and in conjunction with a good self-care routine, more of our health outcomes are achieved.
In 2020, Spectrum implemented two new programs that assist in the self-care model of care. Feel free to reach out if you find other areas that we may consider as our services expand.
- Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) – CDSM is an evidence-based self-management education program for people with long-term, chronic health problems (including, but not limited to HIV, arthritis, diabetes, lung disease, and heart disease) that teaches skills useful for managing a variety of chronic diseases.
- Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) – Integrating care for mental, behavioral and psychosocial issues into a primary care setting has become increasingly important. Many patients come to primary care seeking relief for physical symptoms that are related to mental, behavioral and psychosocial problems.
As we further develop our programs, rest assured that Spectrum is on the cutting edge to serve ALL areas of our patients’ needs. Whether it is inclusion of technology-based care solutions or expanded cultural training — we aim to foster an environment that results in your own person best health outcome!