New Programs Available for Ostomy Patients

Miami Ostomy Aftercare, a Florida nonprofit corporation, was started by retired Miami attorney, Hal Spaet, five years ago, when he personally experienced the lack of appropriate ostomy aftercare available in South Florida.

Miami Ostomy Aftercare was created to help meet the needs of ostomy patients with multiple programs and a goal of “providing a smooth transition back to a healthy, happy life overcoming negative and overwhelming feelings with useful information and guidance.”  The following are programs offered:

·  Ostomy Aftercare Support Group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinic’s UHealth Tower, 1400 NW 12 Avenue, Lobby Level, Miami, FL  33136. Speakers have included surgeons, psychologists, physical therapists, nutritionists, ostomy supply providers and nurses.  The meetings are open to the public free for patients, their caregivers, and medical professionals.   The next meeting will be on March 26, 2019.

· A FREE HELP LINE, 305-952-0951, is available for patients, caregivers and medical professionals to assist with ostomy care problems and questions.   It is answered by a trained ostomy nurse with over 30 years’ experience.

· A website, www.miamiostomyaftercare.org, has curated information of current and patient friendly ostomy content available on the web including tutorial videos, articles, research and reference material.

· The Ostomy Care Associate Program is for medical professionals who want to increase their knowledge in ostomy care.  This program is a Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurses’ Society created program. A nurse can earn 24 Contact Hours upon successful completion of the three-month online course. Tuition is $500.  The next class starts in March 2019.  There is an immediate and urgent need for nurses knowledgeable in ostomy care especially in the home care environment.

· A free “Teaching the Teachers” program is offered to home health care agencies and their nurses on basic ostomy care for their patients.

Miami Ostomy Aftercare continues to seek financial support in order to sustain these valuable programs and for future development.  Donations are eligible for tax deduction under 501 (c)(3) by the IRS. Call 786-580-3928.

Featured Image Above: Hal Spaet introduces MOA Director of Education Mary Lou Boyer to class of nurses at Miami Dade College.

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