Spinal Cord Injury Patient Support

We offer a variety of services and programs to help you.

Comprehensive Evaluations

You will benefit from specialized follow-up evaluations in our outpatient clinic after your discharge from the inpatient rehabilitation program. These are typically once a month for six months and again at one year. Our team recommends comprehensive annual reviews for at least the first three to five years after your initial rehabilitation to insure that your ongoing specialized needs are met. For more information, please contact the nurse case manager at 414-805-2614.

Discussion Group

The Spinal Cord Injury Discussion and Support Group is for anyone affected by spinal cord injury, including family and friends, and provides interesting conversations, ideas and stories about life with a spinal cord injury. Regulary scheduled programs cover special topics such as pain, travel, personal care, benefits and relationships. The group meets virtually every Wednesday from 5 – 6 p.m.

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Peer Mentor Program

Peer mentors are individuals who have had a spinal cord injury and are now living in the community or are friends and/or family members of a person with a spinal cord injury. Peer mentors are volunteers through Froedtert & MCW Froedtert Hospital and have experienced life-changing events that are similar to those you may be experiencing.

Peer mentors can appreciate the impact of the injury in a way that most people cannot. They can offer insight since they have “been there, done that” and will talk with you about anything from emotional needs to equipment needs.

  • Family and friends are encouraged to meet with a peer mentor.
  • Attend a Tuesday discussion group and/or community lunch. Tuesday meetings are at 6 p.m. Lunch is offered Monday - Friday from 12:15 - 1 p.m. These activities are held in the multipurpose room, inside the fifth-floor therapy gym at Froedtert Hospital.
  • Peer mentors are encouraged to visit patients during his/her hospital stay and/or after being discharged.

Become a Peer Mentor

To be a peer mentor, you must:

  • Have a spinal cord injury or be a family member of a person with a spinal cord injury
  • Complete the volunteer peer mentor requirements each year, including:
    • TB blood test
    • Review of immunization records and possible MMR booster
    • Mandatory flu vaccination (unless you have a religious or medical exception)
    • Background information disclosure form
    • Volunteer services screening and questionnaire
  • Meet with the coordinator of Volunteer Services
  • Meet with an occupational health nurse
  • Commit two to four hours per month for mentoring
  • Adhere to the rules and regulations of confidentiality

For more information on how to become a peer mentor or to coordinate a visit, please contact: Michelle Wesline, RN, SCI program coordinator at 414-805-2785, or Kate Coleman, MS, licensed professional counselor, at 414-805-2873

Facebook 

The Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Spinal Cord Injury Peer Mentor Program Facebook page is open to people with spinal cord injury or those who are associated with the spinal cord injury community. The Facebook page gives us an opportunity to share education related to spinal cord injury, communicate special events and share experiences, challenges and successes in your lives. Sharing information and life skills can promote health, wellness and adjustment for those affected by spinal cord injury.

Friend requests will be considered regardless of level of injury, demographic or facility of rehab. We may not accept your friend request if your profile does not indicate an affiliation with a spinal cord injury, persons living with spinal cord injury, support systems for spinal cord injury, caregivers or healthcare providers.

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Virtual Visits Are Available

Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We'll assess your condition and develop a treatment plan right away. To schedule a virtual visit, call 414-805-3666.

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