ACA Trains Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International Patients to Support Recent Amputees Through the Recovery Process
MARLTON, NJ, November 02, 2017 — The Amputee Coalition of America recently trained eight patients in an amputee support program from Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International (POSI), a well-respected prosthetic practice. These amputee support program patients became certified peer mentors and were equipped with the tools and knowledge to help recent and struggling amputees through the grieving and limb loss recovery process.
The Amputee Coalition’s Certified Peer Visitor (CPV) Program taught amputee mentors listening skills, the preparation required for a peer visit, and the importance of trust in the peer-mentor relationship. Most importantly however, they were taught how to utilize the wealth of information and experience they have accumulated from years of living with limb loss to help patients cope and adjust.
“When I lost my leg, no peer mentor was available to me. I know how valuable that experience would have been. I look forward to helping others get through a tough time in their lives.” Ryan G, Peer Mentor
The program, with over 1000 CPVs to date, is a national project to train amputee peer mentors, which then offer new and existing amputee patients across the country an outlet for encouragement and advice.
Amputees seeking help from amputee support program certified peer visitor can call the Amputee Coalition or fill-out the peer visit request form on their website to be matched with an experienced, well-trained amputee who can provide support and guidance. Peer visits take place every day across the country, whether in person, on the phone, or through email.
According to the Amputee Coalition, no one is better suited to understand and alleviate the problems and daily difficulties of living with limb loss or limb difference than those who are living through it.
On top of this, individuals living with limb loss can find comfort speaking to others who have experienced the same obstacles but are now living normal, functioning, and happy lives.
“The training and information that was presented would be invaluable for any qualified amputee that wants to become a peer mentor. Ultimately, new amputees will benefit from having well trained Certified Peer Visitors assisting in their adaptation to living with limb loss.” Andrea V, Physical Therapist
The Amputee Coalition of America has over 300 amputee support program groups across the nation and the new partnership with POSI will help support those living with limb loss in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware area.
Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International (POSI) was founded in June 2000 with a philosophy of patient oriented care. POSI’s approach is focused on spending the necessary time with each patient to lead to better results and outcomes. POSI is one of the most respected out-come based prosthetic practices in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware area.
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