On Jan. 28, the Touro Rehabilitation Center Limb Loss Program hosted the Amputee Coalition Certified Peer Visitor Training. This was the first training of its kind to ever be held in the state. The training is an intensive full day training that provides instruction on topics such as listening skills, the recovery process, cultural awareness, spirituality, HIPAA, resources for patients, and many more.
Peer visitors are available to meet with new/future amputees in person or over the phone to listen and provide emotional support and information. They may share their own experiences and offer helpful insight and encouragement during recovery.
A total of 10 peer visitors were trained and will now be available for peer visits for those anticipating or having recently experienced an amputation and/or their caregivers in either the hospital or outpatient/community setting. A peer visit can be requested at Touro by e-mailing LimbLossProgram@LCMCHealth.org or through the Amputee Coalition at https://www.amputee-coalition.org/support-groups-peer-support/certified-peer-visitor-program/request-a-peer-visit/ or by e-mailing Tonya Osborne-Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amber Smith at email@example.com. Peer visitors provide support as well as resources specific for someone with an amputation.
The TRC Limb Loss Program plans to host this training annually. Participants must be over 18 years old, have had their amputation a year or longer or be a current or former caregiver or someone who has, have a valid e-mail address and phone number, and provide three references. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a certified peer visitor, please e-mail LimbLossProgram@LCMCHealth.org. Additional services available through the TRC Limb Loss Program are a support group, education classes, prosthetic clinic, as well as inpatient rehabilitation services. Please see the program website: http://www.touro.com/rehab-limbloss/ for a 2017 calendar of events and more detailed description of programming offered.