Support Group Overview

We have a place for you!
A person who has never had the experience of caring for another adult who depends on his or her help to meet the basic needs of life may not understand the problems you face every day. Have you met others who are also caring for chronically ill or disabled adult?

We have people for you!
When you are busy taking care of the needs of another, it can be difficult to find the time to read, talk on the telephone or watch TV. You may not hear about new ideas, services or products which could help you accomplish daily tasks more easily.

We have information for you!
The support group is a place to learn about the resources available to you. Members help each other by sharing ideas and practical solutions to problems that you face daily. Rehabilitation professionals from Magee Rehabilitation bring to the group expertise in supporting care givers and in accessing available community resources.

Peer Mentor Programs
Magee offers peer mentor programs for patients with spinal cord injuries, amputations, strokes and brain injuries. Our mentors are generally former patients who have been living with their conditions for at least two years. They are specially trained to understand the rehabilitation process and how to offer support to our patients. We have mentors for patients and for family members.

Magee also offers an addiction mentor program which invites people from the community who are at least two years clean and sober. They may be sponsors in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

Mentoring relationships are encouraged to continue beyond Magee. Mentors can help with a variety of issues after discharge, such as:

  • Connecting families and patients to resources within the community (accessible doctors/dentists, recreational activities appropriate to the disability, travel and transportation guidance)
  • Providing emotional support during the transition from rehabilitation to the community, often a difficult time for both patients and families
  • If you or your family member does not wish to have a mentor while at Magee, you may ask for a mentor after discharge by contacting the mentor office. We also have various options for post-discharge support groups with mentors. Please call the mentor office at 215-587-3411 for more information.

Peer Mentor Support Groups
There are several peer support groups that are facilitated by volunteers who have successfully adjusted to their disabilities. These diverse groups of trained peer mentors offer personal experience in addition to providing support, reassurance and helpful, practical tips. Mentors are available with various life experiences, types of injury or disability, and backgrounds.

Get in Touch
Call the Magee Peer Line at 215-587-3174 or email peers@mageerehab.org if you would like to receive more information about the Peer Mentor Program or Support Groups at Magee.