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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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External Video: Bob describes his long term recovery

In this short video, Bob (a former Intensive Care patient) talks about his recovery over the months and years since his accident. Video length: 06:53 (Watch now or tap the button to add this resource to your personal library)

Web Link: Breathing and relaxation exercises for stress

"There are a lot of breathing and relaxation exercises you can do to relieve stress and relax your body and mind. The ones in this guide (from NHS Inform) are simple and can be done at home, at work or out and about. For some of them it helps to lie down, or sit, but they will still work if you aren't able to do those things Over time, these exercises can become something you do automatically, whenever you feel tense or stressed. This can help you become more relaxed in...

Web Link: Breathing Space - Mental Health Support

Breathing Space are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information.

External Video: Breathlessness: how "pacing" can help

This short clip will explain how a technique known as "pacing" may help feelings of breathlessness. You might also find the booklets on bodily positions to help breathlessness, breathing control and how to conserve your energy helpful in dealing with breathlessness. Video length: 02:23 (Watch now or tap the button above to add this resource to your personal library to watch later)

Web Link: British Lung Foundation: Managing a cough

Text from site: While recovering from coronavirus, you might continue to have a cough for some time. On this page, we explain how you can manage a dry cough and a cough with phlegm.

Web Link: Carers' Assessment (NHS Choices)

When someone ends up Intensive Care, close family and friends are also affected. They play a very important part in the patients' recovery after they go home.Given the importance of their involvement, the government has ensured that they have certain rights that, by law, must be met. Close family or close friends are often called "carers" by health and social care services, and most have a legal right to an assessment of their own needs. That includes things like...

Web Link: Caring for yourself after coronavirus (COVID-19)

Text from site: This booklet gives information about recovering from coronavirus. It gives practical advice on the areas that people recovering from coronavirus have told us are difficult. We suggest you use it as a self-management guide. Work through it, section by section, and try to use some of the suggestions in your own personal recovery plan. Try to focus on the symptoms that are affecting you the most. At the end there is advice on where to seek more help if you need it.

Web Link: Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists

A guide to finding a physiotherapist in the UK which includes a directory of services and conditions that they treat.

Web Link: Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so we’ve created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation. The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Web Link: Clear Your Head: Creating Routine

Click to find a keeping active resource from Clear Your Head focused on creating routine: We’ve got some tips to help you look after yourself and get through these uncertain times. With ideas about how you can keep moving, create a routine, find things you enjoy and keep connected with friends and family - finding time for any of these will help to clear your head.