Take Charge Workshops | F.A.Q.
Are you living with an ongoing health condition that makes if hard to do the things you want to do?
Take Charge! workshops are for people who live with any chronic health condition.
A caregiver, family member or friend who is supporting someone with a chronic condition can attend even if the person with the chronic condition does not. They will learn skills to help support others and take care of themselves.
There are many ongoing or recurring health conditions. Some examples of chronic health conditions include:
We do not expect that a chronic condition will go away. But, we can learn ways to manage and live a healthy life with a chronic condition.
During the workshop, there are short breaks. You may leave the room at any time, stand up, stretch or tend to your needs. The workshop is considered to be safe for people with ongoing health conditions.
The Take Charge! program teaches people to get the most out of life with thier chronic condition.
Self-management of a chronic condition means:
The Take Charge! program is based on the model from Stanford University. It follows a plan that helps people manage their symptoms and become less limited by their illness
The workshop focuses on:
The workshop helps you build confidence for managing your health, while staying active and enjoying life. It does not cure your condition but helps you to live well with it.
Find out here what you will learn at the workshop.
You can live a healthy and happy life with your chronic health condition.
If you are a caregiver, family member or friend who is supporting someone with a chronic condition you are welcome to attend the workshop.
You can benefit from learning skills to help support others and to take care of yourself.
A caregiver can attend even if the person with the chronic condition does not. There is no cost to participate in the workshop.
All participants (including family members and caregivers) must pre-register for a workshop. There are no drop-ins allowed. We recommend participants attend all 6 sessions or as many as possible. The more sessions attended, the more benefit! to register for a workshop please go to www.takecontroltakecharge.ca
You do not need a referral to attend the workshop.
Some people find out about the workshop from their doctor or a healthcare professional.
The workshop is open to anyone with an ongoing physical or mental health condition.
A caregiver, family member or friend who is supporting someone with a chronic condition is also welcome to attend. *Everyone must register for a workshop.*
You may be wondering if a Take Charge! workshop is right for you. If you agree with one or more of these statements, you should consider registering for a workshop.
Take Charge! is not helpful for someone with memory impairment or for someone who does not want to be part of a group.
The Take Charge! workshop does not replace the treatment you get from your healthcare professional. It is meant to compliment the help you get. The workshop is not a cure, but it can help you to live a better healthier life with your condition.
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You will learn:
Learn how to set your own action plan each week and solve problems you experience.
An action plan is a simple and easy way to help you plan and get the results that you want. We will show you how to do this.
Get ready to take an active role trying new ideas, listening to others and sharing thoughts and ideas. Expect to meet about 10 new people in your workshop.
Some of the skills you will learn are:
There are many topics and skills that you will learn. Everyone receives a free copy of the book "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions", at no cost to them.
The audio book version of “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” has been donated to public libraries in Brant, Burlington, Hamilton, Haldimand, Norfolk, and Niagara. Contact your local branch to find out how you can borrow a copy.
Everyone taking part in the workshops will agree to:
The Take Charge! Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is part of the provincial strategy to prevent and manage chronic disease.