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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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: 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

Web Link: Edinburgh Leisure

This link will take you to the website of Edinburgh Leisure.They have some really useful physical activity and health programmes.

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.