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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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Article: Mobility issues after getting home

Patients sometimes tell us that they continue to have problems getting around after they get home. This can happen as a result or a combination of many things; muscle wasting, general weakness, fatigue, joint pain and stiffness or issues with balance. Some people also tell us that they lose their confidence a little, in the first few days of getting home.

Web Link: Money matters: advice with money worries

This weblink will take you to the Money Matters website.They offer a wealth of advice on a wide range of issues related to benefits, allowances and sources of financial support. They also provide some really useful tools on managing your money in different situations e.g. remorgaging or early retirement.

Web Link: Motability scheme

This link will take you to the website of the Motability Scheme.Motability is a national charity that raises money and provides financial help to people receiving mobility allowance who might otherwise struggle with their transport needs, whether it is a car, scooter or powered wheelchair.The website gives useful information and advice on who is eligible and what kind of help you might be able to get.

Web Link: Moving Medicine: Covid-19 Recovery Guide

A guide for people recovering from COVID-19, includes safe and effective information to help you take control and start building your body back to normal. This been developed by doctors and medical experts with the help of COVID-19 patients

Article: Numbness and "pins and needles"

Is it common to have numbness and pins and needles after Intensive Care? Patients sometimes experience numbness and or pins and needles in their fingers and hands, which can lead to difficulty with everyday things like grip.Others experience numbness and or pins and needles in their feet, which can interfere with balance and mobility. Why do I have numbness and pins and needles? These symptoms are sometimes called "critical illness neuropathy" or "critical illness...

External Video: Nutritional advice

In this video, Judith talks about her role as a dietitian in Intensive Care. She talks about the nutritional issues patients commonly face after Intensive Care, and offers some advice for patients and family members to help the recovery process along.

Web Link: Online self-help resources

This link will take you to fiveareasonline.com. They offer a range of resources for self-help, based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT.

External Video: Pacing for Pain

Video length: 04:30 (Watch now or tap the button above to add this resource to your personal library to watch later) This short clip will explain how pacing your activities may help to manage any pain that you are experiencing.

Web Link: Pain support

This link will take you to painconcern.org.uk. It's a really helpful website, providing information about different types of pain and how to deal with it. There are free booklets to download, a helpline, videos to help you manage your pain, podcasts (voicefiles) from other people, and an online chatroom. We hope you find it helpful.Please consult your doctor in the first instance.

Web Link: Personal well-being plan

This link will take you to the website of the National Academy for Social Prescribing. This page takes you to their template for personal wellbeing, which you can complete yourself and share with family, friends, carers and healthcare professionals. The aim is to reduce the number of times you need to tell or repeat your story to someone new, by summarising your personal circumstances and key information in an easily readable document. The Personal Wellbeing plan covers: Basic...