Long term health conditions

Information and support to help you manage your condition.

NHS choices (opens in a new window) has information about specific long-term health conditions. 

Support groups

We have information about health condition support groups in our directory.

Find local support groups

Livewell Dorset (opens in a new window) is a free service for adults who would like support to change their lifestyle. They have information to help you to stop smoking, increase your physical activity, manage your weight and reduce your alcohol intake.

Financial support

Turn 2 Us (opens in a new window) can offer grants to help you towards the costs of essential household items, equipment or training courses.

A personal health budget (opens in a new window) is an agreed amount of money to pay for your NHS healthcare and support needs. You can use a personal health budget to pay for a wide range of items and services, including therapies, personal care and equipment.

If you use NHS continuing healthcare you could be offered a personal health budget. Speak to your GP or healthcare team if you think a personal health budget might help you.

Books on prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription (opens in a new window) can help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The books are available to borrow from your local library.

Memory loss and dementia

We have more information about memory loss and dementia.

Mental Health

We have information and advice about mental health problems.


Information for carers is available if you are caring for someone with a long term health condition.

Future care planning

Even if you don't need support at the moment, start planning for your future care now.

We have information on financial care planning.

End of life care

We have information if you are approaching the end of your life.

You may also like to look at these related pages:

Equipment to help

Adaptations to your home

Employment support

Getting out and about

Eating for good health

Welfare benefits

Eligibility criteria You may be eligible to receive financial support from the council if you have savings or investments (available capital) of less than £23,250.

Advocacy An independent advocate helps you to express your views and concerns, access information and services, explore choices and options and defend and promote your rights and responsibilities.


Page last updated: 15/04/2021 15:44