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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: Community Care Assessment

If you or the person you're looking after has difficulty with personal care (washing and dressing, for example), you could consider getting support from social services by having a community care assessment of your needs.The assessment looks at what type of services are needed. This might include a range of things, from from aids and home adaptations to visits from care workers or residential care.

Article: Counselling study in NHS Lothian

Counselling for patients and families after Intensive Care: the CONNECT study (NHS Lothian) What is this study about? A number of previous studies have shown that patients and family members can suffer from anxiety and depression (feeling low) after Intensive Care. Some also experience upsetting memories or “flashbacks”. Losing a loved one in Intensive Care can have similar effects. We would like to find out if counselling helps. In this study, we will offer...

Web Link: Depressed or feeling low?Where to get help

This link will take you to the website of Action on Depression.They run a number of support services including:

Web Link: Driving

This link will take you to the web page of NHS Lothian's Driving Assessment Service. They offer an assessment service for people who want to start, resume or continue driving after an illness or injury. They are based at Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh, but can offer assessments in Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Paisley, Irvine and Dumfries. Contact details are provided.

Web Link: East Lothian Community Physiotherapy Services

This link will take you to the webpage of the East Lothian community physiotherapy services. This physiotherapy service is available to those people living within East Lothian. This pahe will tell you about the type of physiotherapy available and how to access it.

Web Link: Edinburgh Crisis Centre

This link will take you to the Edinburgh Crisis Centre. They provide support to those caring for people with mental health issues in Lothian.They offer a freephone helpline, face to face support and the opportunity to stay at their Centre for up to 7 nights. Their freephone number is 0808 801 0414 You can also text them on 0797 442 9075

Web Link: Edinburgh Leisure

This link will take you to the website of Edinburgh Leisure.They have some really useful physical activity and health programmes.

Document: Energy conservation

This booklet outlines techniques that you can use to make the most of the energy you have without making yourself exhausted. These techniques can be used to manage different physical symptoms including breathlessness, fatigue and pain.

Article: Equipment

Some equipment is considered essential for hospital discharge, which means that it MUST be in place before you go home.Other "non essential" items of equipment or home adaptations might be organised before you leave hospital, but may take some time to arrive. This might include things like shower seats, bath aids or grab rails.

Web Link: Equipment (for private purchase)

This link will take you to the website of The Whistling Tortoise, based in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. They provide a wide range of mobility aids and aids for daily living that you might find useful e.g. equipment to help with personal care and household items such as can openers and grabbers.