Living Well with a Long-term Health Condition

A long-term health condition is one which can be treated and managed but usually not cured. Examples include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart conditions and stroke. About ⅔ of Irish adults over 65 years have not one but two or more long term health conditions. Having such a condition usually brings change to a person’s life.

People with long-term health conditions have an important role in their own healthcare. Family members or carers may also have a role to play. It is important that people have a full understanding of their condition. They need to know how to manage it and how it will affect their life.

What is Living Well?

Living Well is a free, evidence based, Self-Management Programme for adults with long-term health conditions. It supports people to develop practical skills and builds confidence so that they can be better and manage their long-term health condition and make changes for a healthier life.

Numerous studies have shown that the Stanford model CDSMP leads to improvements in health status measures, fatigue, depression, disability and healthcare utilization. In the Irish setting, a number of small studies have examined the effects of the Stanford CDSMP. They reported significant improvements in exercise behaviors, cognitive symptom management, self-efficacy, mood, energy and Quality of Life.

Prior to Covid-19 this programme was delivered face to face in a community setting in groups of up to 18 people. In order to continue delivery of this evidence based programme, while protecting the people at risk, it became clear that Living Well needed to move online during the Covid-19 pandemic.

What does Living Well on-line involve?

  1. Attending one workshop every week for 6 weeks. Each workshop lasts 2.5 hours. Participants must have an internet access and a piece of suitable technology (laptop with camera and microphone or tablet/smartphone).
  2. There is an introductory session before the 6 week programme which supports people to get online. Throughout the programme, support is provided to help participants stay online. 
  3. Workshops are delievered in a relaxed an friendly way so that all participants can learn from each other. There are a maximum of 12 people in an online programme.
  4. Two trained facilitators or leaders run the workshop each week. At least one of the leaders lives with a long-term health condition.


Who is Living Well for?

Living Well is for adults 18 years and over. It is suitable for adults:

  1. Living with one or more long-term health conditions.
  2. Caring for someone with a long-term health condition.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in taking part in this programme, signposting your clients to it or would simply like more information, please contact Michael Healy, the Living Well Coordinator for CKCH.


Click here to find out more in our Living Well Video Clip.

For more information on the HSE Living Well programme go to

What Is Self-management?

Self-management is what a person with a long-term health condition does every day. This may include:

  • recognising and dealing with symptoms (known as monitoring your condition)
  • taking medication(s)
  • managing other treatments
  • attending various appointments
  • making lifestyle changes
  • coping with the emotional effects of the condition

To do this well a person needs to have the right information, education, support and services. Learning how to manage your condition may help you feel better, stay active and live well.


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