Peer support is based on the belief that people who have faced, endured,
and overcome adversity can offer useful support, encouragement, hope, and perhaps
mentorship to others facing similar situations.
The Peer Network for Stroke Survivors is a program in
which stroke survivors volunteer their time to offer support and give hope to
others who have recently suffered from stroke. Recovery is a unique process for
each person who suffers from stroke. This program allows someone who has had a stroke and
is well on his or her way to recovery to share
his or her experiences with others.
The job of a peer counselor is to support and share experiences. Their role
is not to educate the patients, but instead to offer to help them find answers
to their questions by utilizing stroke education provided by the hospital and
encouraging them to talk to their health care providers about their unique situation.
If you are interested in meeting with one of our peer counselors or becoming a volunteer peer counselor, please contact:
Kim Gray RN, MSN, CNRN,
Stroke Program Coordinator