Frequently, families of burn patients experience the emotional and financial stress that can follow a lengthy hospitalization. For patients in need, limited assistance with transitional services is available to ensure their continued recovery and transition to independent living.
Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation works closely with the family and the hospital's social work team to evaluate the needs of burn survivors who are being discharged and in need of assistance. To determine a patient's eligibility, they are asked to provide some basic financial information. Last year hundreds of burn survivors received assistance with:
- anti-scarring garments
- peer support
Upon referral by the treating physician, prescriptive medication may be purchased for eligible patients at the time of their discharge through a third-party provider.
Patients needing assistance with transportation for follow-up visits may request limited assistance with either a gas voucher or bus ticket.
Some patients require pressure garments that aide in the care and healing of their wounds. Patients needing assistance will be referred by their treating physician to determine their eligibility for services.
Burn survivors face unique challenges as they return to their homes and peer support can be helpful in adapting to a burn injury through sharing similar experiences. The Foundation staff works with the social work team at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center to provide a regular peer support group each month.
For more information about transitional services call 1-800-650-BURN.