VA Palo Alto Health Care System
SCI - Peer Support Program
Mission: Veterans Helping Veterans Through Experience
- We motivate each other through greater self-empowerment and increased community involvement.
- We pool experiences regarding life with disability, sharing strategies for the newly injured and providing new prospective for the long term injured.
- We share collective experience to troubleshoot particular questions sent by Veterans with SCI/D unable to attend the group meetings.
- We provide input and feedback to the SCI/D Center to improve the services available to all SCI Veterans.
Peer Support is available at the VA Palo Alto SCI/D Center in individual and group settings.
Individual Peer Mentoring
We link newly injured Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members with peer mentors who have specific training to provide guidance and support in managing life issues. We will provide the connection with a peer mentor, and you will determine the frequency and type of contact based on your needs.
Group Peer Mentoring
VA Palo Alto SCI/D Center - Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) at lunch time in the Bldg. 7 Dining Room of the SCI/D Center. The focus is patient education through interactive discussions with staff who are knowledgeable on certain topics and exchange with other peers who share knowledge from their experiences. To call in to listen and/or participate on program days, simply call 1-800-767-1750, then enter pin 32007#.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Peer Support Group – Veterans and Active Duty Service Members are welcome to join the Santa Clare Valley Medical Center Peer Group called “SCI Connections.” Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Family members and caregivers are welcome to join and participate!
Topics: Discussion can include whatever is on your mind, especially related to living in the community. Peers do not provide medical advice but can offer tips on topics such as diet, recreation opportunities, bowel and bladder management, and personal caregiver hiring and management.