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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 tell us enough 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: Shelter: Housing Advice for COVID-19

Housing advice provided by Shelter for either England or Scotland.

Web Link: Sick pay for self-isolation during coronavirus

A guide to your sick pay rights in relation to COVID-19.

Web Link: Support and benefits for carers

This link will take you to the NHS page on support for carers. You'll find trustworthy information on carers' rights, carers' assessments, benefits for carers, breaks and respite care, and support for young carers.

Web Link: Support for Patients Living With Long Covid

While most people who contract COVID-19 make a fast and full recovery, some are left with debilitating symptoms for months afterwards. This link will take you to some support resources.

Web Link: Support for People with Long Covid

Support resources for those who are suffering from "long covid"

Web Link: Support services for carers

This link will take you to the website of the Carers' Trust. They offer online information and advice on a whole range of issues, including respite care and looking after yourself. They have a "help directory" of local support and a lively forum and chat room where you can talk online to other carers.

Web Link: Swallowing, communication and mouthcare

This link will take you to an excellent patient support resource from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and their webpages on problems with swallowing, communication and mouthcare.

Web Link: Therapeutic Journaling

Writing in a journal is recommended to those who are dealing with negative emotions, having suffered from a traumatic event. When we write down our thoughts and feelings, we find it easier to recover from difficult experiences. The whole concept is known as therapeutic journaling and it guides you to reflect on things that have happened, identifying the best solutions for moving forward.