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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: Paths for All - Health Walk

Walking is described as the perfect exercise by health professionals and has many benefits. Walking requires no special equipment or expense and is the ideal way for most people to become more active. Paths for All is a Scottish charity that champions everyday walking as the way to a happier, healthier Scotland. Their website has some great ideas about ways to get walking including their Health walk groups. They organise free group walks every week. These are short, safe,...

Web Link: Physical activity (over 65s)

This link will take you to NHS Choices physical activity guidelines for older adults.

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: Social Work Edinburgh City Council

This link will take you to Edinburgh City Council's Social Care page.Information and advice is given on the types of help you may be able to get after you get home.

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: Thistle Foundation: help with long-term conditions

This link will take you to the website of the Thistle Foundation. They are an Edinburgh-based charity who do a great deal of work to help people with long-term conditions or disabilities to live as independently as possible in their local community. They offer a broad range of services and support such as lifestyle management, exercise and nutrition-based support and volunteering.

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...