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Amputee Support

At UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital, we know how much you matter to this world. Going through an amputation journey can be a difficult road in life, but we want to be with you every step of the way, which is why we are proud to offer a mentorship program and support group to help amputees navigate through their journey.

What is the Amputee Peer Visitor Program?

UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital has partnered with the Amputee Coalition to bring you a mentorship program to make sure you don't have to go through your amputation journey alone. Losing a limb can hinder your confidence, sense of control, independent lifestyle and positive outlook on the future. However, it doesn't have to.
Although every amputation journey is unique, our certified Peer Visitors understand what you're going through because they too have experienced limb loss and appreciate how you feel. Your Peer Visitor will be by your side offering support as you ease back into daily life. They'll be here to help you through the physical and mental challenges, stress and changes that often occur following an amputation. 

Amputations have impacted the lives of many in our community, which is why at UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital, we stand alongside each amputee patient and their family as we journey through the healing and rehabilitation process together. 

Who is a Peer Visitor?

Our amputee Peer Visitors are individuals who have lived with limb loss or limb difference. These individuals volunteer their time to support others through the various stages of recovery. 

Our amputee Peer Visitors have been certified through the Amputee Coalition and are able to support patients in a way only someone who has gone through limb loss can. Each Peer Visitor is here to assist you during your transition. Peer Visitors are also able to assist family members of caregivers who want a better understanding of how they can help a loved one who has experienced limb loss.  

Peer Visitors can register for the Peer Visitor Certification Course, led by Finley physical therapist Amy McFadden. The course is scheduled for Saturday, December 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bartels & Butler Auditorium. There is a $40 fee associated with the training, which includes class materials and lunch. Background checks are required for all volunteers who represent the Amputee Coalition and will be completed by a third party, Sterling Volunteers. To register for the December 14th training course, please register by clicking here. For questions on the training, contact Amy McFadden by email at amy.mcfadden-decker@unitypoint.org

How can an Amputee Meet With a Peer Visitor? 

No two amputation journeys are the exact same, which is why Peer Visitors at Finley Hospital provide individual support to each person wanting to take part in the Peer Visitor Program. There is not a set format for each check-in session with your Peer Visitor, nor is there a pre-determined list of questions your Peer Visitor will ask you. Instead, your Peer Visitor will listen to your needs and goals, while providing you with resources and support along the way. If you have undergone an amputation, are scheduled to have an amputation or were born with a limb difference, you may request a visit from one of our amputee Peer Visitors by calling Peer Visitor instructor and UnityPoint Health physical therapist Amy Mcfadden at (563) 589-2497, emailing the Amputee Coalition at peersupport@amputee-coalition.org, calling the Amputee Coalition's toll-free line at (888) 267-5669 or by requesting a visit through the Amputee Coalition smartphone app. 

What Other Amputee Services Does Finley Hospital Offer?

The Amputee Support Group, led by a Finley-licensed physical therapist, was created with every amputee patient in mind, whether it be an old, new or planned amputation. The group focuses on being positive, utilizes compassion and encouragement to rebuild self-confidence and empowers amputees to return to a normal, independent and fruitful life. Each meeting provides an open environment to ask questions, share stories and address challenges. You'll leave with new ideas on how to modify every day activities to make daily living easier. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Kehl Diabetes Center's Naylor Room.