Peer Mentor training for family member and caregivers

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 07, 2016 # Peer & Family Support Program Spotlight

"I was at my wits-end since my husband died. He had been our son's primary caregiver and I don't do it as well. My son is angry at my husband for dying, and is angry at me, too. I don't even feel like his mother anymore... just a caregiver. We are losing our relationship! Your words of support and encouragement were so reassuring, and suggestion to have a caregiver mentor for me was like a ray of sunshine. Thank you. I feel like I can face another day, and the day after that."

Kathryn’s story describes the impact of having a family member mentor, who gave her the support she needed to navigate being both a caregiver and a mom.

Family members play a crucial role in caring for their loved one living with paralysis, and they face unique needs and challenges every day. Managing caregiving, family and job responsibilities can lead them to feeling overwhelmed, guilty and even unintentionally angry. Family members need as much support as the loved ones they care for, and you can help provide that support.

The Reeve Foundation’s Peer & Family Support Program trained family member mentors have experienced the same emotions and issues and can provide advice, guidance and hope.

We are currently looking for family members to become peer mentors with the Peer & Family Support Program. We are in need of spouses of people living with paralysis to mentor, but we welcome parents, children and siblings as well.

We still have space available for family members to attend our September 20th or October 25th virtual peer mentor trainings. To attend one of these trainings, please click here to submit a formal application.

We look forward to having you as a Peer Mentor!

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