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Recovery can sometimes take quite some time, although everyone is different. It is  fair to say that we probably know the least about longer term recovery.This is largely because the current research recommendations are to follow patients up for "at least 6 months" after Intensive Care.Also, much of the research that has been done has tended to use questionnaires which,although very useful, may not actually tell us very much about what recovery is like for patients in their everyday lives.

Having spoken to a number of patients at one year after hospital discharge, however, it seems that while some may have lingering physical and psychological issues after being in Intensive Care, many have learned to live with them. The main focus at this time would appear to be keeping well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting out and about. For some, the "anniversary" of their time in Intensive Care can prompt them to reflect on their emotional journey. In this section, we've provided some links to general information and advice.We hope you find it useful.

 

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Web Link: Going back to work

This link will take you to the website of Healthy Working Lives. This page will give you information and advice on getting back to work after an illness or injury.

Web Link: Healthy eating and getting/keeping active

This is a really useful website from Healthier Scotland. It gives great, easily understandable information and advice on healthy eating (including menus) and getting and staying active (with suggested activities in your local area).

Web Link: Help at home

You might find, after you get home, that you might need help with personal care. That includes help with things like washing and dressing, getting in and out of bed, making meals and household chores. Many people can get help from "Reablement services", which gives intensive support to help you regain your independence for up to six weeks. This link will take you to Edinburgh City Council's web page on getting help in your home.You will need to be assessed to see...

Web Link: Help with health and wellbeing in your local area

This weblink will take you to ALISS (A Local Informarion Source for Scotland).It's a fantastic place to help you find sources of healp and support with health and well-being in your local area.We highly recommend it.

External Video: How do I increase the amount of activity I'm doing

This short clip will explain how you can start building up your activity and exercises levels. For some people returning to normal activities may take a few weeks while others it can take months and even over a year. The important thing is to listen to your body and go at the right pace for you. This clip should help you understand how to do this. If you're struggling to increase you activity or exercise speak with a Physiotherapist who will be able to give you some guidance.

Web Link: http://www.aliss.org/

This link will take you to the ALISS website (A Local Information System for Scotland). It is a fantastic place to find information on support for help with health and well-being in your local area.We highly recommend it!

Web Link: ICU Support Groups

Some people find it helpful to meet and talk with others who have been through similar experiences to their own. This is the weblink to ICUsteps website withe details of patient and family support groups UK wide including Edinburgh and Dundee It will tell you more about the groups, who they are, what they do and when and where the meetings are held.

Web Link: ICUSteps: an after Intensive Care support group

This link will take you to the ICUSteps website. They are a charity set up and run by former Intensive Care patients,their family members and healthcare staff. They run informal "drop in" sessions for patients and families, and have developed a number of free booklets which you can download (some of them have been translated into several different languages).

Web Link: Information and advice on health and well being in your area

This weblink will take you to the Living It Up website.This is a great, easy to use website which provides some really useful links for health and well being in your local area. There's some useful information that will help take the fear out of using technology. There are various free "apps" to help you manage many aspects of your health and recovery, which you can download, free of charge, onto your phone. There is also some great practical and financial advice and...