General health and wellbeing

From speaking with a number of former Intensive Care patients at a year after getting home, it seems that staying well and healthy and getting out and about are the main concerns. In this section, we've provided links to some general information and sources of support, which we hope you find useful.

 

 

 

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Web Link: Art therapy

Some things are difficult to put into words. Some people find art really useful after Intensive Care. This is a link for an Edinburgh based group, who occassionally run workshops for people with health issues. Why not have a look?

Web Link: A-Z of medicines

This link will take you to an NHS page explaining how 100s of different medications work, what they're for, how to take them and possible side-effects. It's not exhaustive, but we hope you find it helpful. 

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: Healthy eating and getting/keeping active

This is a really useful website from Healthier Scotland. It gives great, easily understandable information and advice on healthy eating (including menus) and getting and staying active (with suggested activities in your local area).

Web Link: Help with health and wellbeing in your local area

This weblink will take you to ALISS (A Local Informarion Source for Scotland).It's a fantastic place to help you find sources of healp and support with health and well-being in your local area.We highly recommend it.