Moving on

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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External Video: Common issues after getting home

In this video, Anne talks about her role as a follow up nurse at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. She sees patients after they've been discharged from hospital and talks about the common issues patients and families face during this time.

Web Link: Community Care Assessment

If you or the person you're looking after has difficulty with personal care (washing and dressing, for example), you could consider getting support from social services by having a community care assessment of your needs.The assessment looks at what type of services are needed. This might include a range of things, from from aids and home adaptations to visits from care workers or residential care.

Web Link: Community group for people in Restalrig, Lochend & Craigentinny

This is the link to "The Ripple", a community group for people who live in the Restalrig, Lochend & Craigentinny areas of Edinburgh.They offer a great range of services, including: Access to trained volunteers, where you can speak from the heart about anything that's troubling you Advice on benefits  A lunch club A Friday Social Club for the over 60's A knitting network A writing group A walking group every Thursday morning An exercise class for people of...

Web Link: Couch to 5K

This link will take you to the Couch to 5K running plan on the NHS Choices website. It's a free "app" that you can download onto your smartphone, and it's designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. It's designed for all ages and abilities-take a look and see what you think!

Web Link: Counselling (Life & Soul)

Life & Soul counselling is a free service, based at the Wellness Centre on Bridge Road in Balerno. Their counsellors are all trained to national standards.It's open to anyone and you can self refer. Please call the Wellness Centre on 0131 451 5226 or you can email them at lifeandsoul@stmungos.org 

Web Link: Critical Care Recovery Book Club

Welcome to the Critcal Care Recovery Book Club! All of the books within this blog have been recommended by either individuals who have been in your position or by those that have benefitted from reading or listening these particular books. We hope that you can benefit from reading/listening to them too. And please feel free to comment your own thoughts below each post if you have read/listened to the book. If you would like to review a book for the book club please email...

Web Link: Cycling for all abilities

This is the link for Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre. They're based at Bangholm Outdoor Centre. The group offers people the chance to get cycling whatever their ability or background, using a range of adaptive bikes, trikes, tandems, side-by-sides and handcycles as well as standard solo bikes. The project aims to benefit adults with disabilities, older people who haven’t cycled for a long time and people who have never cycled before.It's free!

Web Link: Disability Snowsport UK

This link will take you to the Disability Snowsport UK Homepage, which has links to local groups. Disability Snowsport UK is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsports. They are a membership organisation, and welcome anyone of any levels of skiing and fitness. They cater for complete novices to snowsports all the way to elite athletes.

Web Link: Driving

This link will take you to the web page of NHS Lothian's Driving Assessment Service. They offer an assessment service for people who want to start, resume or continue driving after an illness or injury. They are based at Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh, but can offer assessments in Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Paisley, Irvine and Dumfries. Contact details are provided.

Web Link: Edinburgh Crisis Centre

This link will take you to the Edinburgh Crisis Centre. They provide support to those caring for people with mental health issues in Lothian.They offer a freephone helpline, face to face support and the opportunity to stay at their Centre for up to 7 nights. Their freephone number is 0808 801 0414 You can also text them on 0797 442 9075