Peer Support

If you are like many people who have experienced a catastrophic injury or illness, your stay in the acute care hospital or trauma center was punctuated by the thought "Thank God, I survived!" But now the long road of rehabilitation has begun, and it is totally new territory for you. To help you through the next few steps on your journey, it might be helpful to visit with someone who has a child who experienced a similar injury or illness and has been through rehabilitation.

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital's Peer Volunteer Program matches parents of children who have completed rehabilitation with people who are just starting the process of rehabilitation for the purpose of sharing meaningful life experiences and providing hope for the future. Adolescents who completed rehab are also available as a peer volunteer.

Peer Volunteers contribute in a number of ways, including:

  • Sharing information regarding the Madonna rehabilitation experience with individuals who are considering admission to Madonna, and/or their family members. They can answer questions about their day to day experiences from the perspective of the patient and/or family member.
  • Visiting individually with a patient and/or family member while they are an inpatient or outpatient at Madonna. Specially trained Peer Volunteers listen to your concerns, share their experiences, and provide encouragement and support.

Parent Night

The Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital hosts a Parent Night twice a month, ran by a mother whose child has been through rehab, for members from the community as well as families currently in rehab. Parent Night offers comfort and socialization, along with education and insight for parents of children with acquired injuries. Please see your social worker for the date and time of Parent Night.

External Resources

The following are links to various websites with information for children, adolescents and their family members following a disabling injury or illness.

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 413-3000
Toll-Free: (800) 676-5448