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Be a Peer Mentor

Peer mentors can be an excellent help in providing insight and hope for the future.

Who are peer mentors?

A peer mentor is a person who is also a stroke/amputation survivor. The mentor can lend a listening ear and support other survivors in a variety of ways. They’ve “been there.”

How does the peer mentor help?

They talk about issues related to the stroke or amputation such as physical changes, emotional changes, care giver concerns, returning to work, driving, as well as depression and sadness.

The peer mentor can also be the experienced voice who has already navigated through their recovery and can direct the survivor and caregiver to community resources and support groups.

A stroke or amputation can be a devastating experience. Survivors can be fearful of the future. Peer mentors can be an excellent help in providing insight and hope for the future.

How long does the peer mentor work with the patient?

From visitation in the hospital to phone calls after discharge, the bond can be long-lasting.

Is there training involved?

Yes, all of the Baptist Health System’s Peer Mentors will first receive hospital volunteer training. Once completed, the Mentor attends training sessions to learn more about:
  • Types of strokes and their effects on mind and body
  • Amputations and the impact on the patient and the care giver
  • Community resources available for stroke and amputee survivors
  • Active and supportive listening skills

To sign up or if you have questions, please email: Heather Durante at hdurant@bapisthealthsystem.com

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