Ask the Care Expert about ... C. diff

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Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA, executive director, NADONA
Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA, executive director, NADONA

We have had several residents with C. diff. Their families are asking if there is support available for them. Our staff wonders too. Can you assist?

A C. diff. diagnosis can be traumatic. Many patients, as well as family members, experience a wide range of emotions, including confusion, anger, fear, panic and denial. To help alleviate anxiety and distress, the C Diff. Foundation recently introduced the C. Diff. Nationwide Community Support (CDNCS) program, providing patients and their families an opportunity to talk with others who have experienced the same diagnosis and symptoms.

Before the launch of CDNCS, there was an absence of professional C. diff. support groups in the U.S. There is evidence showing that people who attend support groups have a better understanding of the illness and treatment choices, develop a more positive outlook, and a better ability to cope and adapt to life during and after the treatment of a C. diff. infection.

The CDNCS program is reaching C. diff. patients, families and healthcare professionals nationwide. This growth reflects the valuable information the CDNCS groups are providing; grief counseling, nutrition, financial support, C. diff. prevention, treatments, and environmental safety products availability, homecare, patient safety, pharmaceutical assistance programs, and C. diff. survivor sessions.

The CDNCS groups are available to all individuals via teleconferencing, with foundation team leaders and medical advocates hosting sessions from Maryland, New York, Florida, Missouri, Colorado, Ohio and Oregon. Each session is limited to 15 participants.

To take part in any CDNCS group, register through the Nationwide Hot-Line (1-844-FOR-CDIF) or through the monthly schedule available at
cdifffoundation.org.