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Getting home

Getting home is a huge step on the road to recovery. While it is often an enormous relief to be back home, some may find the first few weeks a bit of an emotional rollercoaster in terms of readjusting to everyday life. In this section, we've provided some general information and advice on the common physical and psychological issues you might face,what you can do to help the recovery process along, and the types of help that might be available to you and your family after you get home.We've also included a few short pieces on other people's experience, which we hope you will find helpful.

 

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Web Link: Pain support

This link will take you to painconcern.org.uk. It's a really helpful website, providing information about different types of pain and how to deal with it. There are free booklets to download, a helpline, videos to help you manage your pain, podcasts (voicefiles) from other people, and an online chatroom. We hope you find it helpful.Please consult your doctor in the first instance.

Web Link: Physical activity (over 65s)

This link will take you to NHS Choices physical activity guidelines for older adults.

Article: Poor concentration

Patients often tell us that they suffer from poor concentration after Intensive Care. You might struggle to read a newspaper or a book, for example, or you might struggle to follow a television programme or film. Patients also tell us that they often lose interest or "can't be bothered" with some of the things they really enjoyed before, such as listening to music or watching football on the television.This is usually temporary and will start to improve as you recover. It...

Web Link: Post traumatic stress-treatment options

This link will take you to the NHS Choices website and their pages on the assessment and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress.

Document: Post-traumatic stress-a patient's story

This is a short article in the British Medical Journal.It was written by a former patient who was training to be a Doctor at the time when she became ill.

Web Link: Prescriptions: online service (Boots)

You might find, in the first few weeks after getting home, that you're really tired or not quite as mobile as you'd like. Some pharmacies offer to deliver your prescription to your home.This link will take you to the Boots Pharmacy website, where you can find out more about this service.

Web Link: Prescriptions: online service (Lloyds Pharmacy)

You might find, in the first few weeks after getting home, that you're really tired or not quite as mobile as you'd like. Some pharmacies offer to deliver your prescription to your home.This link will take you to the Lloyds Pharmacy website, where you can find out more about this service.

Web Link: Return to driving

Even if you didn't previously have a medical condition or disability that affected your ability to drive, a number of common Intensive Care related issues may affect your confidence or ability to drive. These include ongoing weakness in the arms and legs, poor concentration or visual impairments.You may have new medications which might affect your ability to drive.Speak to your GP or check with the DVLA if you're not sure whether you should be driving. This link will take...

Web Link: Self help for common psychological issues

This link will take you to a website called "Mood Juice", which has been developed by psychologists in NHS Scotland. You can access and print off useful self-help guides on a number of issues including anxiety, depression, flashbacks,having problems sleeping and bereavement.