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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: Carer Support in Edinburgh

This link will take you to Edinburgh City Council's Carer Support page.If you care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled and you are unpaid, they can offer advice and information on a great many issues including your rights as a carer; carers' assessment and support plans; local services; breaks from caring; medical conditions and medication and looking after yourself. They can also support you by referring you to other groups and

Web Link: Carer support in Lothian (VOCAL)

This link will take you to the VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) website. Their website offers advice, information and support on a wide range of practical, financial, legal and emotional issues.

Web Link: Carer support in West Lothian

Carers of West Lothian is a voluntary organisation that provides information and support on a wide range of issues to unpaid carers. When you first get in touch, they will send you a free Carers Information Booklet, which is a comprehensive guide to services in West Lothian. You can contact them via their website, by phone or by visiting their centre in Livingston Carers of West Lothian, Sycamore House, Quarrywood Court, Livingston EH54 6AX Phone: 01506...

Document: Carers Allowance Factsheet (Carers UK).pdf

This factsheet has information on what Carer's Allowance is, who can get it and how to claim it. (You can claim online using the link we've provided).

Web Link: Carers' Assessment (NHS Choices)

When someone ends up Intensive Care, close family and friends are also affected. They play a very important part in the patients' recovery after they go home.Given the importance of their involvement, the government has ensured that they have certain rights that, by law, must be met. Close family or close friends are often called "carers" by health and social care services, and most have a legal right to an assessment of their own needs. That includes things like...

Document: Carers Rights Guide (Scotland 2013-14)

This is an 11 page document from Carers UK.It gives really useful advice on the types of financial and practical help you might be entitled to.It also gives advice on work-related issues, such as taking time off work and flexible working.

Web Link: Citizens Advice (Scotland)

This link will take you to the Citizens Advice Bureau (Scotland). They can provide information and advice on a wide range of money, legal and health issues including: Money & debt Benefits Employment Housing Family problems Health Services Legal rights & responsibilities Within NHS Lothian, to see an advisor on your ward or at the patient imformation centre, call or text 07780-461-966, or...

Article: Cognitive impairment: what is it?

What is cognitive impairment? Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering things, learning new things, concentrating, solving problems or making decisions that affect their everyday life. This might include things like having difficulty planning or carrying out everyday tasks such as following a recipe, doing your shopping, managing money or driving. It can be a common or normal part of getting older. Is it common after Intensive Care? Cognitive...

External Video: Common issues after getting home

In this video, Anne talks about her role as a follow up nurse at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. She sees patients after they've been discharged from hospital and talks about the common issues patients and families face during this time.

Web Link: Common psychological issues: self-help guides

This link will take you to NHS Tyne and Wear's stock of free self-help leaflets, which you can download or print off. Not all of them may be relevant, but they have leaflets on anxiety, bereavement, depression and low mood, health anxiety, panic attacks, post traumatic stress, sleeeping problems and stress.