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: Free prescriptions and sight tests (over 60s)

This link takes you to DirectScot's website and their page on free prescriptions and eye tests. This page gives advice on who is eligible for free medicines, eye tests and other health care costs.

Article: General weakness

Is it normal to feel so weak? Yes. It is very common to feel weak and washed out in the first few weeks and months after getting home, even if you were previously fit and well. From what other people have told us, it seems that the legs are most severely affected by weakness, but you may also notice weakness in your arms, hands and shoulders. Going home usually means that you will be starting to do more for yourself than you did in hospital, and this may leave you feeling...

Web Link: Getting home: a short video from former patients

This is a link to a short video, in which 2 former patients and their partners talk about the first few weeks of getting home.  Borrowed, with grateful thanks, from the INSPIRE (ICU) research team in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Web Link: Getting home:family members' experiences

This is a link to a short video, in which 2 couples talk about their experiences in the first few weeks of getting home. Borrowed, with grateful thanks, from the INSPIRE (ICU) research team in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 

Web Link: Getting out and about for wheelchair users: Euan's guide

This link will take you to a website called Euan's Guide. It was originally developed by, with and for disabled people (particularly wheelchair users). Euan's guide is a site where patients and their families can find a list of wheelchair accessible places and add honest reviews about their experiences of visting them.Even if you're only using a wheelchair temporarily, it's good to hear about local bars, shops, hotels, coffee bars, visitor attractions, etc that have...

Web Link: Going back to work

This link will take you to the website of Healthy Working Lives.Although this page is intended for employers, it will give you some insight into your rights and your employer's responsibilities if you are thinking about going back to work or retiring early.

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.

Article: Hair loss

Is hair loss common after Intensive Care? Some (but not all) patients experience hair loss or thinning in the weeks and months after Intensive Care. What can I do about hair loss or thinning? Hair loss can be upsetting as it may affect your appearance and confidence. Ask your barber, hairdresser or pharmacist or GP about any products that might help. Your barber or hairdresser may be able to suggest another style to make the changes to your hair less obvious. If you are...

Web Link: Healthtalkonline

This is a free online resource for members of the general public and has sections on a range of illnesses and conditions. There is a section on Intensive Care; one on patients’ experiences and another on relatives’ experiences. There are video clips, voice recordings and interviews which have been typed out word for word, which many patients and familiy members find really useful.

Web Link: Healthtalkonline:patients' experiences of Intensive Care

Many people find it helpful to hear that other people's experiences are similar to their own. This link will take you to the Healthtalkonlone website and to the section on patients' experiences of Intensive Care. Here, you can watch short videos, listen to voice files and read their interviews.