Annual Self Check
This Annual Self Check has been devised by Bobath Therapists working with adults with cerebral palsy. It’s something you can use yourself to keep track of your own health each year. If you need additional support you can talk to a specialist adviser in your region, or search for local services for adults.
Speak to friends and consider setting up a group
You could also set up an informal group amongst your close friends where you promise to be honest with one another. Choose people who can let you know in a non-hurtful way if they think your capacity is changing. For instance, you may be so busy working you’ve failed to notice your speech isn’t as good. Friends can often spot the signs you’re overdoing it long before you do.
You could use online groups, but there’s nothing quite like physically meeting up. Even if it’s only every few months, building that network of support around you takes on a growing importance as you get older.
Don’t let fear stand in your way
- It’s a myth. No one will take away your services if you make a fuss. Cerebral palsy is not a static condition. Your needs will change as you get older and you are perfectly entitled to ask for what you need.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try another route. Adult services are not well signposted. If you’re struggling to get a referral, contact your regional advisor who may be able to help.
- Some people fear they’ll be judged as ‘not having done enough exercises’. No one will judge you, the reason you may not be able to do something could be down to the simple fact you’re getting older. So, don’t let it stand in the way. Ask for help.