When the long-term effects of COVID-19 are significantly impacting on a person's day to day functioning, rehabilitation can provide support that is focussed on goals that are important to the person.
Rehabilitation can focus on a number of areas including,
- mobility and getting around
- managing daily activities
- management of fatigue
- swallowing or dietary problems
- getting back to work
What people can expect:
- An assessment of your abilities.
- A discussion with your rehab therapist to agree goals that are both important to you and that are realistic and achievable.
- A focus on physical health and/or mental health aspects of recovery.
- A rehabilitation plan based on your goals.
- This plan should be delivered as much as possible within a primary care setting. Where referral to specialist services is required there will be clear pathways to do this and clear communication with services, through your care co-ordinator.
- Review and monitoring of goals, within a time period agreed between you and your rehab therapist.
- We will build our understanding of current rehab services being delivered across NHS Boards in Scotland, including ICU/Critical Care, primary care & community care (exit out of and entry into services).
- From this work, and underpinned by the priorities set out within the 'Framework for Supporting People through Recovery and Rehabilitation during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic', we will develop and implement a programme of work to deliver a 'Once for Scotland' rehabilitation pathway that will ensure everyone who requires rehabilitation will be able to access it.
"I tested positive for COVID in October 2020, and by November I went to the Doctor because I wasn't getting back to normal. They did various blood tests and different things, which were fine, and they asked me if I wanted to go and see the Occupational Therapist based within the practice for a rounded approach to getting back to full health again.
I agreed, and I am glad I did because she has been an amazing help in my journey. I was able to get advice on how to manage my time and how to adapt to having to take a step back from my usual routine.
I've learned to listen to my body to manage my energy – the way that the Occupational Therapist described it was to think about it like a battery that has only got a limited amount of life in it. I wouldn't say I am yet quite back to 100%, but she has helped me to manage getting to where I am just now."
* July 2021 – source NHS Lanarkshire Primary Care Occupational Therapy service.
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