Support for Burn Patients and Families

Burn injuries can be devastating. You may experience physical, emotional, social and financial challenges associated with your injury or the injury of a loved one. 

The following programs at UC San Diego Health exist to encourage, inform and bring together burn survivors.

For More Information About Support For Burn Patients
Call John Noordenbos at 619-543-2352, or Kate Hamelin at 619-471-9458

School Re-Entry Program

The School Re-Entry Program helps children returning to school after sustaining a burn injury by preparing classmates and teachers for the child’s return. 

The program is designed to help classmates and teachers:

  • Understand more about burns and burn prevention
  • Encourage accepting behavior toward the burn survivor
  • Provide an opportunity for classmates to express their feelings about the child's injury

Youth Programs

UC San Diego Health's Regional Burn Center Child Life program hosts activities, outings and events for kids in the rehabilitation phase of their burn recovery, and beyond. Throughout the year our youth programs provide a therapeutic recreational and safe setting for children to be together, find support and have fun.

Programs include but are not limited to:

  • Field trips to entertainment parks
  • Beach outings
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Movie nights

Please email Kate Hamelin at khamelin@ucsd.edu if you and your child would like to receive information about upcoming activities.

Adult Programs

SOAR

SOAR stands for "survivors offering assistance in recovery" and is a national survivor support program developed by health care professionals and burn survivors.

This program facilitates one-on-one support for burn survivors and loved ones affected by burn injury. Peer support volunteers offer an opportunity to speak with someone who has traveled a similar journey. SOAR is recommended by the American Burn Association.

All volunteers are trained by the Phoenix Society after meeting the following requirements:

  • At least one year post discharge from the hospital
  • Complete application
  • Interview with a Burn Center psychologist and staff

It is strongly recommended that potential SOAR supporters attend a World Burn Congress hosted by the Phoenix Society prior to applying for the program. All SOAR volunteers must meet the additional volunteer requirements. See how to become a volunteer at UC San Diego Health.

Long-Term Support Group

Visit Burn Institute for information.

Burn-Related Organizations and Resources

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