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Help in the community

You may find, after you get home, that you need more help with everyday life than you thought you would. We hear from talking to other people that it can be hard to accept that you need a little help and that you may not know where to look or that you're not sure what you might be entitled to. Please be reassured that there is an enormous amount of help available to you in the community, much of it free of charge.In this section, we've provided links to some of the organisations that can offer help with things like personal care, equipment for your home and getting out and about.


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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: Self-help for people with learning disabilities during COVID

This link will take you to a webpage from the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities. They have produced a set of self-help resources for people with learning/intellectual disabilities during the pandemic. Topics include coronavirus, feeling anxious or down, coping with bereavement, being active, staying well and relaxing. They are designed to support people with mild to moderate learning/intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak, and can be used with the...

Web Link: Speech and Language Therapy (find a registered (private) therapist near you)

This link will take you to the website of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice. This means that you would have to pay for their help yourself. All their therapists are fully qualified and registered with their professional groups. You can find a private therapist in your area by typing in your postcode, and the type of problem you need help with.

Web Link: Support at home (British Red Cross)

This link will take you to the British Red Cross site. The Red Cross helps thousands of people following a short stay in hospital and prevents unnecessary hospital admissions by providing extra support and care at home. The support offered by Red Cross volunteers can smooth the process of settling back into a normal routine and enable people to regain their confidence and independence. The service can include; rebuilding confidence, collecting prescriptions, offering...

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: Voice problems: find a voice clinic near you

This link will take you to the British Voice Association website, and their directory of NHS voice clinics across the UK. You may need to speak with your ICU follow-up team, your Speech and Language Therapist or GP to get a referral.

Article: Your GP

Your GP will receive a letter from the Doctors in the Intensive Care Unit, and from the Doctors on the general ward you went to afterwards. In it, your GP will be told about what happened to you. You should be aware that these letters may take some time to reach your GP,sometimes after your first appointment with him or her, so he or she may not always know that you've been so ill or spent time in Intensive Care. Research from colleagues elsewhere in the UK suggests that GPs are...