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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: 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.

Web Link: Self-management help

This link will take you a website with Self-amanagement advice. Self management is about people living with long term conditions being in ‘the driving seat’. It supports people to live their lives better, on their terms.

Web Link: Support services for carers

This link will take you to the website of Carers' Trust (Scotland). They offer online information and advice on a whole range of issues, including respite care and looking after yourself. They have a "help directory" of local support and a lively forum and chat room where you can talk online to other carers.

Web Link: The City of Edinburgh Community Physiotherapy Service

This link will take you to the web page of the Edinburgh Community Physiotherapy Service. This physiotherapy service is available to people living within 'The City of Edinburgh'. Other services are available for those living in East, West and Midlothian. This page tells you about what types of help they can offer, who might be able to access it and how to access help (through your GP, hospital Consultant or in some cases, you can refer yourself).

Web Link: Vocational rehabilitation

This link will take you to NHS Lothian's webpage called Working Health Services. It is designed to support people in getting back to work, or those who are struggling in their current job.Unfortunately, it is only available to people based in Lothian who are either self-employed or working in small to medium size organisations (with less than 250 employees). They offer physiotherapy, occupational therapy for both physical and emotional well-being, and also counselling...

Web Link: Volunteering

This link will take you to the page of Volunteer Edinburgh. They offer an incredible range of opportunities to do volunteer work in your local community.

Web Link: VolunteerNet (support for carers)

This link will take you to the VolunteerNet website. It's a free, easy and safe way for carers to access support from fully checked, trained and supervised volunteers. You will have to apply to join the service, so that they can help you, but it's a very simple process. What type of support can you ask for? Different types of support include: Practical support such as collecting prescriptions, giving you a lift to the shops or carer support group Spending...

Web Link: Walking Football

Walking Football has the potential to improve people’s lives especially of those aged 50+. Benefits include increased physical activity, improved mental health and wellbeing, access to additional sources of support and the opportunity to form new friendships. This link icludes an online map to find a club near you and all the details you need to get in touch with your local team.

Web Link: Walking group

This link will take you to the Ramblers' Group in Edinburgh and Lothian.