OSTOMY VISITATION PROGRAM
WE'VE GONE THROUGH WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH NOW & WE WANT TO HELP YOU!!!
Whether you're still in the hospital or at home, there are often questions that arise about the actual day-to-day living with an Ostomy that doctors or nurses are not always able to answer. Because we have been through the surgery ourselves, and live with ostomies, we would love to help make your life a bit easier by sharing what we have learned with you. Please call us any time that you or your family members have questions, or would just like to chat with someone else who has experienced what you're going through. We have trained volunteers to help with your transition to your new life with an ostomy or continent diversion.
TRAINED & CERTIFIED VOLUNTEERS
VISIT OSTOMY PATIENTS
(PRE- and/or POST-OPERATIVELY) TO OFFER:
INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
Requests for an Ostomy Visitor can be made
by physicians, nurses, health care professionals,
the patient, or the patient's family.
Our Visitors do not offer medical advice. They are there to help the patient with the emotional and psychological adjustment to life with an ostomy, to give them hope and encouragement, to share tips about everyday life with an ostomy, and to tell them about the support groups and resources that are available to them and their families.
Often, just seeing someone else who has had the same kind of surgery, who is well-adjusted and leading a full life, is all that the new patient needs to begin to accept his or her ostomy. Our Visitors can add a dimension that health care professionals cannot...they live with it every day of their lives!
We find that patients who have an opportunity to meet with another ostomate prior to surgery tend to do much better accepting their ostomies. They can get their questions answered and see that ostomates can do almost anything they did before their surgery. They also tend to remember the information shared with them, because they are not yet under the effects of anesthesia or pain meds.