A major function of all UOA chapters is our volunteer visiting service, offered free of charge for patients and their families before and/or after surgery. UOA visitors are trained and certified before they are allowed to make prearranged visits. Where possible, visitors are matched by age, sex, and type of ostomy with the patient being visited.
The aims of this program are:
If you are a physician and have a patient about to undergo ostomy surgery, or if you are about to undergo ostomy surgery yourself, please take advantage of this service. We have been through it, and know how much it helps to talk with an ostomate. To arrange for a visitor, call the chapter Visiting Coordinator, as listed on the pages of individual chapters linked to this site.
Visitor Training Sessions: To prepare members to visit patients, UOA chapters hold training sessions at least once every two years. These sessions include lectures by medical professionals such as doctors, ET nurses, and psychologists. The sessions also include role-playing exercises and demonstrations by experienced chapter members showing what to do (and what not to do) during a visit.
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