Support groups have flourished over the years including for limb loss injury victims. Support groups provide many benefits for individuals and have become an integral part of rehabilitation for many people coping with an injury including amputees. Support groups provide vital information about how to cope with a particular illness or injury and provides invaluable emotional support.
Limb loss presents a myriad of physical and emotional challenges for the amputee as well as his or her family and friends. A support group provides a compassionate setting for members to share what he or she is going through with others in a similar situation. Finding a support group in the area you live is the first step in getting the support you need. According to the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) there are approximately 260 support groups for amputees across the United States. Information and a member directory can be found here.
Most members of support groups for amputees are women and medical professionals such as physicians, physical therapists and prosthetists also attend.
Amputee support groups throughout the California region can be found here.
Stumps ‘R Us, is a social support group founded by Dan Sorkin. in Walnut Creek, Calif. This group helps amputees learn to accept their amputations and move on with their lives. The group encompasses lectures and social activities such as going out to lunch. Other activities include bowling or swimming. A list of additional resources provided by Stumps R Us can be found here.
In Redlands, CA, The Amputee Connection of Redlands, helps people with limb loss enhance their overall well being.
Some of the Sacramento, California area support groups include:
Taking The First Step – a support group provided by AOP (Anchor Orthotics & Prosthetics) calendar of events can be found here.
If you like to golf, Western Amputee Golf Association can be found here.
Losing a limb is a devastating life changing event, both physically and emotionally. Limb loss injury victims require a lifetime of rehabilitation and life care planning assistance. I’m Edward A. Smith, an amputation injury attorney with over three decades of experience helping victims who have suffered the loss of a limb as a result of someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has lost a limb caused by someone else’s negligence, contact the Attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith to protect your rights. Call us at our Sacramento office location at (916) 921-6400 for a free consultation. If your out of the area call 1 (800) 404-5400. For more information about our office visit www.autoaccident.com. Reviews of can be found on Yelp and Avvo.