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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: 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.

Web Link: Headway Brain Injury Information Library

Headway's range of e-booklets and factsheets cover many of the symptoms and practical issues associated with a brain injury. Many of the e-booklets are available to buy through our online shop, and you can click the button next to them to order now. People with a brain injury and their family members can order free printed copies of our booklets and factsheets through the Headway helpline.

Web Link: Health & wellbeing services

Think link will take you to NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's Health & Wellbeing directory. A great place to start looking for services and support in your local area...from walking football in West Dumbartsonshire to money advice in Inverclyde!

Web Link: Highland Home Carers

This is a link to Highland Home Carers, a Hiighland based homecare provider. They offer various levels of support from simple every day assistance to complicated long term care, aiming to help the person maintain independence in their own home.    

External Video: How do I increase the amount of activity I'm doing

Video length: 05:26 (Watch now or tap the button above to add this resource to your personal library to watch later) This short clip will explain how you can start building up your activity and exercises levels. For some people returning to normal activities may take a few weeks while others it can take months and even over a year. The important thing is to listen to your body and go at the right pace for you. This clip should help you understand how to do this. If you're struggling...

Web Link: How to manage post-viral fatigue after COVID-19

Text from site: Fatigue is a normal part of the body’s response to fighting a viral infection such as COVID-19. Fatigue is likely to continue for some time after the infection has cleared. It can make you sleep more, feel unsteady on your feet, make standing for long periods difficult, as well as affecting your ability to concentrate and your memory.

Web Link: How to video call your family and friends

Age UK have put this guide together for those new to video calling. Particularly helpful if you are shielding but still want to see your family and friends.

Web Link: ICU Support Groups

Some people find it really helpful to talk with others who have been through similar experiences to their own. This is the weblink to ICUsteps website with details of support groups for patient and families across the UK. It will tell you more about the groups, who they are, what they do and when the meetings are held. Several groups across the country (eg Chester, Edinburgh & Brighton) are currently offering online or "virtual" support group meetings which you can join...

Web Link: Information about community hospital and immediate care available in the Borders

“The function of intermediate care – inherent in its name – is to integrate, link and provide a transition (bridge) between locations (home/hospital and vice versa); between different sectors (acute/primary/social care/housing); and between different states (illness and recovery, or management of acquired or chronic disability).” 

Web Link: Long Covid Facebook Support Group

This page will take you to a facebook group created for people dealing with long covid.