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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: BBC news on the lasting mental health impact of ICU

This is a very short but relevant article from the BBC’s health page, outlining the findings from a recent UK study into the mental health issues some patients face after Intensive Care.

Web Link: BBC News page on support after patients go home

This is a very short but interesting and relevant article from the BBC’s health page. It outlines a recent UK study involving over 300 patients, the physical problems they faced and wide variation in support they received after they got home.

Web Link: Blue badge (mobility problems and parking)

The Blue Badge scheme offers parking concessions for people with mobility problems. This link will take you to the Blue Badge Scotland website, where you can find out more about what's involved. You can also apply online for a Blue Badge.

External Video: Bob describes his long term recovery

In this short video, Bob (a former Intensive Care patient) talks about his recovery over the months and years since his accident.

Web Link: Borrowing a wheelchair

Although you may not have been issued with a wheelchair when you leave hospital, some people continue to have problems with walking after they get home.It might be helpful to borrow a wheelchair "just to get out of the house", if you're not sure how far you can walk, you tire easily or have lost your confidence a little. This link will take you to the webpage of the British Red Cross, who may be able to lend you mobility equipment.If you type in your postcode, they can...

Web Link: Breathing Space: help with anxiety, depression and feeling low

This link will take you to the Breathing Space website.They offer free, confidential advice and support over the phone, to people who are feeling anxious, depressed or low.

Article: Breathlessness

Is it common to feel breathless after Intensive Care? Breathlessness after Intensive Care is very common. Why do I feel breathless? The time you spent in Intensive Care may have caused weakness in your muscles, including those that help you breathe, so they are a bit weaker and have to work a bit harder to help with your breathing. Also while in Intensive Care you can quickly lose your ability to exercise so while running for a bus may have made you breathless before,...

Web Link: Care for Carers (Lothian)

This link will take you to the Care for Carers website, which is a voluntary organisation based in Lothian. They offer support groups for carers,open days (twice yearly), advice and support with stress management and a newsletter, amongst other things.

Web Link: Carer support for ethnic minorities

This link will take you to the website of an Edinburgh based organisation which can help family members or carers from ethnic minorities to access the support and services they need.

Web Link: Carer support in East Lothian

This link will take you to the Carers of East Lothian website. They focus on supporting carers so that they can continue to care for others. They can provide anything from a bit of practical advice when needed, right through to much more support for carers who are struggling to cope with the physical and emotional demands of caring for someone on a full time basis. They offer: carer support; help with benefits, fuel bills and money issues; short breaks from caring; days out; support...