Transplant Mentor Program

The word mentor refers to one who is a guide or teacher. The Transplant Mentor Program at Hartford Hospital is based on the concept of looking to one's peers to learn from their experiences.

Knowing that others have survived the experience and are available to discuss it, may be both helpful and reassuring. The transplant mentors strive to instill confidence and provide encouragement as patients move forward through the transplant process. Mentors are expected to maintain confidentiality of patient information.

Program Goals

This valuable and unique program is designed to provide information, guidance and emotional support to those involved in the transplant process. It is intended to offer a network of peers to help those experiencing the transplant process overcome the sense of being alone and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle before and after transplant.

What The Program Offers

The mentors enhance your care by:

  • Providing peer support. Mentors provide patients with support through telephone calls, visits, mail or E-mail.
  • Providing helpful transplant information. Mentors offer education from a peer perspective. This one-on-one communication with another transplant patient offers both an individualized and highly personal account of the transplant process. It is rooted in the mentor's own experience.
  • Helping patients work with the transplant team. The importance of working well with the transplant team cannot be over emphasized. Mentors, because of their personal experience, can assist the patient in learning to interact in a productive way with the team.
  • Providing support and encouragement to comply with prescribed medications and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Strict adherence with medical and physical care plans is critical to a positive transplant outcome. Mentors offer support and encouragement in this process.
  • Encouraging patients to stay active. Mentors provide support to help patients take advantage of the activities available throughout the Hartford community.

Take Advantage Of This Support System

The Mentor Program is entirely voluntary and is offered to all transplant candidates and their families during the formal evaluation phase. The Transplant Psychosocial Team will discuss the Mentor Program with you at that time. Patients may join or leave the mentoring program at any time during the transplant process without affecting the care provided by Hartford Hospital.

How To Participate

To inquire about the Transplant Mentor Program please contact the Transplant Program Psychosocial Team or complete our online form below.

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