Peer Mentors are Vital
A Peer Mentor is an individual with a positive outlook on managing their disease who is committed to providing support to others. These individuals can help empower kidney patients to move forward with their lives after being diagnosed with kidney disease. Peer Mentors are individuals who have walked the same path and may understand the kidney patient experience better than friends, family, and the renal team. They can act as a bridge for better communication with medical staff, which assures that staff understand patients’ concerns, issues, and priorities.
Peer Mentors are a valuable part of the health care team who can show patients that controlling and managing their health will allow them to live longer, happier lives. Most importantly, Peer Mentors can make a world of difference as living proof that life does not end with kidney disease.