Siskin Hospital can help you bridge the gap between therapy, home and the community. The programs below are geared to make it easier for you to function in the wider community more accessible, even if you’re experiencing disability.
We at Siskin Hospital understand the importance of camaraderie and encouragement when coping with a new or ongoing medical condition. That’s why we host or sponsor several Support Groups designed to address the social, emotional, medical and legal issues facing you and your family when experiencing chronic health conditions. To learn how you can be involved in a Support Group at Siskin Hospital, please call 423.634.1674, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Support Groups page.
The Peer Counselor Program is a volunteer training program for people who have had physically disabling illness and/or injury. It prepares them and their family to competently help new Siskin Hospital patients cope with the adversity of, and adjustment to, similar health conditions.
Prospective peer counselors take part in training activities that teach them to problem solve, develop listening skills and know how to answer with difficult questions about values, religion and depression.
Peer counselors participate in patients’ therapy by request of the rehabilitation team, patient or family. They talk with patients and families about problems, issues and concerns about what life will be like after their recovery. In many ways, peer counselors can be role models and provide an example of adjustment and success to sometimes overwhelming adversity.
The Peer Counselor Program accepts new candidates for training on an ongoing basis. For more information on how you can be a part of this rewarding program, contact the Psychology Department at 423.634.1400.
Vocational rehabilitation at Siskin Hospital is offered as a service to the Chattanooga community for adults with a variety of disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation provides work and independent living skills and is the crucial link between the completion of physical rehabilitation and the full return to a productive, meaningful life in the community and workforce.
Air Travel Helpline
Travelers with disabilities or medical conditions who are nervous or uncertain about getting airport security now have a helpline they can call for assistance.
The Transportation Security Administration can answer many of your questions and concerns on their website. You can also call the helpline (1-855-787-2227, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. EST) for information about security procedures.