January 29, 2010, Newsletter Issue #39: Amputee Support Groups

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There is a listing of support groups for every state. The listing is located at amputee-coalition.org. Not only are there informal groups, but many VA Hospitals provide support for military amputees. The support groups are for people who have upper and lower extremities amputated. Family members and friends are also welcome.

The support groups can help a person with a newly amputated limb make the transition of living with all four limbs to doing the same activities with the amputation(s). Some of the people in the group are amputees that have been through the process already, and can offer valuable support and information.

Some groups, such as Amputees Together (Florida), offer peer visits. Peer visits pair a well-matched amputee with a new amputee. The peer has been through amputation rehabilitation, so can offer more support and share their experiences. The peer visitor is also trained to provide the support needed. Peer visits can be in-person, at a medical facility, or if the new amputee prefers, via telephone. Support groups offer meetings, usually monthly.

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