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: NHS Approved App: iPrescribe Exercise

Exercise helps both body and mind - particulary after a stay in intensive care.  The iPrescribe Exercise app creates a 12-week exercise plan based on health information entered by the user. It then sets the duration and intensity of the exercise based on this information. This helps improve your overall health, but can also be used to manage a number of long-term health conditions and help those at risk of developing them become more active.  The iPrescribe Exercise app is free...

Web Link: NHS Approved App: My Possible Self

My Possible Self brings together content from world-leading mental health experts designed to help you learn how to improve your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The information has been proven to reduce stress, anxious feelings and low mood in just eight weeks. Use the app’s learning modules to prevent day-to-day problems from holding you back, manage fear and improve your happiness and wellbeing. New modules will be added on a regular basis. The app has a free ‘Moments’ feature...

Web Link: NHS Approved App: Pzizz - for anyone struggling to sleep

Struggling to sleep after a stay in intensive care is very common. This app may help. The Pzizz app addresses a common problem for those who have trouble sleeping: a "racing mind" or "thinking too much". Using voiceover narrations based on clinical sleep interventions and specially designed music, Pzizz helps quiet the mind and calm the body into deep rest. Pzizz can continue playing throughout the night to keep a stable sonic environment and help prevent users being woken up by...

Web Link: NHS Approved App: Thrive - Feel Stress Free

Thrive: Feel Stress Free uses games to track your mood and teach you methods to take control of stress and anxiety. Learn relaxation techniques like meditation and deep-breathing to help you cope better with stressful situations and manage negative thoughts. The app's Mood Meter lets you track your mood, the emotions you feel and the situation you were in at the time. It then reminds you of how you reacted on a previous occasion to make your feel better.   The app is free to...

Web Link: NHS Choices (carer support)

This link will take you to the website of NHS Choices. This page offers a wealth of information and advice on the types of help you might be able to get after you get home, and how to access it.

External Video: Pacing for Breathlessness

This short clip will explain how a technique known as "pacing" may help feelings of breathlessness. You might also find the booklets on bodily positions to help breathlessness, breathing control and how to conserve your energy helpful in dealing with breathlessness.

External Video: Pacing for Fatigue

This short clip will explain how the technique of pacing may be used to manage any fatigue that you may be experiencing.

External Video: Pacing for Pain

This short clip will explain how pacing your activities may help to manage any pain that you are experiencing.

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.