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Web Link: Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care (washing,dressing or eating, for example).Some patients need this type of help in the first few weeks and months after they get home.This link will take you to the NHS Choices web page, which will tell you more about what this allowance is, who is eligible and how to claim it.

Web Link: BBC news on the lasting mental health impact of ICU

This is a very short but relevant article from the BBC’s health page, outlining the findings from a recent UK study into the mental health issues some patients face after Intensive Care.

Web Link: BBC News page on support after patients go home

This is a very short but interesting and relevant article from the BBC’s health page. It outlines a recent UK study involving over 300 patients, the physical problems they faced and wide variation in support they received after they got home.

External Video: Bob describes his long term recovery

In this short video, Bob (a former Intensive Care patient) talks about his recovery over the months and years since his accident.

Web Link: Care for Carers (Lothian)

This link will take you to the Care for Carers website, which is a voluntary organisation based in Lothian. They offer support groups for carers,open days (twice yearly), advice and support with stress management and a newsletter, amongst other things.

Web Link: Carer support in East Lothian

This link will take you to the Carers of East Lothian website. They focus on supporting carers so that they can continue to care for others. They can provide anything from a bit of practical advice when needed, right through to much more support for carers who are struggling to cope with the physical and emotional demands of caring for someone on a full time basis. They offer: carer support; help with benefits, fuel bills and money issues; short breaks from caring; days out; support...

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...

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...