- ● Normalise family routines as much as possible with family rituals like prayers, having food together etc.
- ● Find out activities that could interest the recovered individuals - any leisure activities such as watching TV, reading a newspaper, listening to music, playing games, watering plants, drawing, painting, etc.
- ● Families may involve the recovered individuals in low intensity household work such as dusting, making the bed, chopping vegetables etc.
- ● It may occur that the recovered individuals may not be interested in various responsibilities given to them. It is advisable that they are given their space and slowly letting them pick and choose activities of their choice without constraints of time and productivity.
- ● If the recovered patient is a student pursuing a course, they can be guided to use the opportunity to complete pending work and prepare for exams. If they are trying for a new employment, they can try and upskill by taking up online courses. If they are already employed and if they are apprehensive about salary or job, they can be helped to discuss with their employer.
- ● It is important that both mental health professionals (MHPs) and families help the recovered individuals in a series of carefully planned steps in a supportive environment, suitable to the stage of their recovery. The family and recovered individuals can discuss and seek support from the MHPs about the challenges they face on a daily basis. Relive old memories –eg; take out an old photo album that may help in rekindling old memories. Encouraging them to get in touch with old friends and speak to them over voice or video calls. These activities may help keep up enthusiasm in the family and also improve their social skills.
After having gone through an acute trauma - like situation when diagnosed with COVID-19, yet trying their best in recovering physically, mentally, emotionally and in all aspects of life, may have been challenging. Therefore, it is essential that families and health care providers appreciate the efforts of the COVID-19 recovered individuals.
People who were hospitalized due to the infection from COVID-19 will need physiotherapy and may require mental health rehabilitation to recover from the effects of ventilation/oxygen support, prolonged immobilisation, bed rest, loneliness, fearfulness, confusion etc.
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- 1. Guidance for General Medical and Specialised Mental Health Care Settings https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/COVID19Final2020ForOnline9July2020.pdf
- 2. Your recovery after severe illness with COVID-19 - https://world.physio/wptday