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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: 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: NHS Inform: Care, Support & Rights

This page will take you to an NHS Inform page, which includes information on accessing health and care services in Scotland, and your rights when using them.

Web Link: NHS Inform: Healthy Living

This link will take you to an NHS Inform page, where you can find out what you can do to look after your mental and physical wellbeing with advice on stopping smoking, eating well and how to get enough exercise.

Web Link: NHS Inform: Illnesses & Conditions

This link will take you to NHS Inform's page for identifying, treating and managing different types of illnesses, infections, injuries and health conditions.

Web Link: NHS Inform: Scotland's Service Directory

Through Scotland's Service Directory you can find the names, addresses, opening times and service details for thousands of health and wellbeing services in Scotland.

Web Link: NHS Inform: Symptoms & Self-Help

This link will take you to NHS Inform's page which includes information on common symptoms and guidance for self-help.

Web Link: NHS Inform: Tests & Treatments

This link will take you to an NHS Inform page, with information on what to expect if you need a test or treatment, such as a blood test, biopsy, scan or surgery.

Web Link: Nutrition at Home after Critical Illness

It is common to find it difficult to eat after critical illness and maintain a healthy weight. This information pack tells you about the nutrition to have at home and how to help with common problems you may have with eating after a stay in the ICU.

Web Link: Nutrition in Hospital after Critical Illness

It is common to find it difficult to eat after critical illness and maintain a healthy weight. This information tells you about the nutrition to have in hospital and how to help with common problems you may have with eating during your stay in the ICU.

Web Link: On the road to recovery: Information for Patients Following Critical Illness

This booklet has been written to help prepare you for leaving the intensive care unit (ICU) and to answer some of the questions you and your family may have about your recovery and rehabilitation from critical illness.