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PCS ASSIST

PCS Assist is the peer support group of the Perak Chest Society.  The members in the group share information and web links on various chest diseases.  They meet often to learn and share experiences.

Members are from Perak and include patients, familiy members, care givers and health care professionals (nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and doctors).

PCS ASSIST is in partnership with Lahat Road YMCA to reach a larger community.

Current programme:

"Breathe eaSY" Peer Support Group

What is it: “Breathe eaSY” Peer Support Group is a peer support group initiative for asthmatics to meet, learn and share on the disease.

Who should become members:

·         Asthmatics

·         Parents or guardians of asthmatics

·         Healthcare providers

Venue:  15 Clarke Street (15 Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30450 Ipoh)

Frequency:  Monthly

Duration:  2 hours maximum.  Refreshments provided.

Membership Fee:  Nil (but donations are welcomed)

Facilitator:  Doctor. Nurse educator. Lay expert

Benefits of attending the “Breathe eaSY” peer support group:

·         Continuous and close support in disease management

·         Members feel less alone, more understood and are emotionally supported by peers.

·         Members are empowered to discuss and solve their own problems.

·         Members share asthma information keeping one another up to date.

·         Members act as role models for each other. Seeing others who are contending with the same illness and making progress in their lives is inspiring and encouraging.

·         Members, being equals, feel safe and comfortable to talk about intensely personal issues, experiences, struggles and thoughts.  Discussions solve problems, reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem and well-being.

·         Members are enriched in asthma education as all discussions are facilitated by experienced health care professionals.

 

Areas of Asthma Education provided:

·         Disease awareness

·         Disease management.

·         Proper use of inhaler devices.

·         Use of AsthmaMD app for tracking progress.

“Breathe eaSY” Peer Support Group is sponsored by AstraZeneca.