Restart Program – Live Well Centre

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Restart Program

Project Restart Long Covid Rehabilitation and Prevention Program

Is a unique, blended 12 week wellbeing program brought to you by Middlesbrough Council and South Tees Public Health. The program has been designed to support individuals who may be either still suffering from after effects of Covid, commonly known as Long Covid. These conditions may be but are not limited to chronic fatigue,  breathlessness, aching muscles, brain fog OR for those who may be at increased risk of contracting Covid-19 and having a worse recovery e.g. Those with a BMI over 40, Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, and limited mobility

How will I be supported?

On day one you will be met by our Multi-disciplinary team who can support you with any general concerns you have following lockdown and if needed, can signpost you to the appropriate support network i.e. employment/financial support, Addiction support, Stop Smoking service, wider exercise/wellbeing network, LGBTQ Support, Sexual Health etc.

At the first face to face session;

  1. We will complete a full assessment of your starting point and will provide guidance and instruction on how to access the future remote materials as well as providing coaching tips on the practical session.
  2. You will be provided with a tailored, progressive exercise program which can be accessed online or a hard copy of the session can be provided.
  3. Your assigned Mentor will call you for regular support and review of your progress on a weekly basis. The Mentor will discuss the best methods of increasing activity levels for you in your daily routine and will assess your progress and discuss any concerns.

Remember that physical activity does not have to be in a gym and can be done in the home, garden or on the beach!

Do I have to come in to the centre?

Ideally sessions 1, 6, (potentially 8) and 12 should be completed face to face. We have after late night sessions if you are employed or have other commitments.

If you are worried or unable to attend face to face sessions, we can complete the program on a fully remote basis if you have access the appropriate technology and we will also assist you in learning how to get the online content.

Is this not just another exercise program?

No, the exercises have been chosen with Long Covid rehab in mind e.g. Chest opening exercises which focus on breathing and range of movement to improve respiration, regular assessments of progress and experienced staff who specialize  in long term progressive programming and SMART goal setting.

Will I have to pay for this program?

No, the sessions during the 12 week period are free of charge and you will also have additional access to a range of sessions such as Tai Chi, Pilates, Chair Based and Aerobic based sessions to support you.

Who can participate?

Those recovering from Covid and may be presenting with ongoing Long Covid symptoms such as

Chronic fatigue, breathlessness etc. As well as those found to be at higher risk of contracting the disease and have conditions such as Diabetes, Hypertension and have a BMI of above 40.

Currently those who are deemed clinically vulnerable may not be able to participate in this program.

Those who are not deemed as clinically vulnerable can participate.

Can I refer on behalf of somebody else?

Yes, you can refer as a Social Prescriber or Health Professional and highlight this on application.

Great! How do I get started?

There are a number of ways of how you can sign up – whichever suits your circumstances;

Firstly you need to complete the Covid Specific Questionnaire and the Medical Questionnaire. You can do this by:

completing the forms and email them

completing the forms and drop them or post them to the center In Dundas House, Dundas Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough

Or by calling 01642 727580 and ask to speak to a member of the restart team who will help you to complete the forms over the phone

These assessment forms will be used to assess your suitability for the program. Once received, a member of the team will contact you within 5 working days to discuss the next steps.

For more information about how Middlesbrough Council manages your information visit the data protection page on the Middlesbrough Council website.

All information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with any other parties, without permission to do so.


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