Leaving hospital is not always an indication that a person is ready, or indeed able, to go back to their old lifestyle. If there are serious after-effects, there will be a longer period of rehabilitation. For some this means many months in hospital, which can cause problems for family life, education or employment. For others, although the stay in hospital may be short, adjusting to life at home can still be difficult.
People recovering from either viral or bacterial meningitis should pay attention to what their bodies are telling them and should be advised not to rush. Plenty of rest can help with the recovery process.