UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital has launched a new amputee support group for community members who have experienced limb loss. According to Amputee Coalition, there are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States. UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital works with patients on a daily basis that are experiencing limb loss due to lack of blood supply in a limb, a trauma, cancer, or other diagnosis.
The experience of losing a limb often happens quickly and is life-changing. It alters routines, hinders confidence, and changes how one may look to the future. The Amputee Support Group, led by a Finley’s 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.
Amputee Support Group meetings consist of a welcome and introductions, sharing of experiences since previous meetings, and a time for socializing and developing friendships. Each meeting provides an open environment to ask questions, share stories, and address challenges. Attendees will leave with new ideas on how to modify every day activities to make daily living easier. Meetings may also feature a guest speaker for a wide variety of topics including wheel chair consultation and prosthetics.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Kehl Diabetes Center’s Naylor Room.
In other news, UnityPoint Health® Finley Health Foundation and the Finley Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association announce 2018 scholarship applications are now available for individuals pursuing a degree in the nursing field. Since 1986, Finley Hospital and the Alumni Association have been awarding scholarships annually to qualified students in the community who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing through an accredited nursing program, or who are health care professionals seeking an associates, bachelors, or master’s degree in nursing, or nurse practitioner degree.
The scholarship application and eligibility requirements can be found at unitypoint.org/dbqscholarships. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, March 15, 2018 for consideration.
In 2017, Finley Health Foundation and the Alumni Association awarded $15,000 in scholarships. Scholarship award announcements for this year’s recipients will be made by May 1, 2018.
For questions regarding the scholarships, please contact the Finley Health Foundation at (563) 589-2358.