Recovery Care begins once a burn survivor is discharged from the hospital. Our experienced program staff assess the needs of burn survivors and their families to create an appropriate care plan.
Through H.O.P.E. (Helping Others, Promoting Empowerment) Services programming, social workers offer emotional support, financial assistance, medical garments and equipment, therapy services, and other programming to help burn survivors and their families navigate recovery. Our Peer Support Group for burn survivors meet bi-weekly and our Caretaker Support Group meets monthly to help survivors and families gain much-needed support from one another. In addition, we offer SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) Programming that trains burn survivors to comfort and support new burn survivors while they are hospitalized.
After experiencing trauma, an individual may feel a loss of control and subsequent anxiety, fear, or low self-esteem. Burn survivors and their families have a need for physical and emotional healing that allows them to regain a sense of personal empowerment. Arizona Burn Foundation offers both Music and Art Therapy for burn survivors and their families. In addition, we offer referrals to Equine-Assisted Therapy, Trauma Yoga Therapy, and mental health counseling for burn survivors and their families to process through their trauma.
Since 1991, The Arizona Children’s Burn Camp, Camp Courage, has supported the emotional needs of children who have suffered severe burn injuries. Today, approximately 80 youth burn survivors from Arizona and neighboring states attend this free, annual therapeutic camp. Activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, tie dye, high ropes, rappelling, and more. In addition, Arizona Burn Foundation partners with Prescott College’s Centaur Leadership Services program to provide therapeutic equine experiences at Camp Courage in Prescott.
For young people affected by a severe burn injury, entering into adulthood has its unique challenges. Relationships, intimacy, career possibilities and a support system are all issues burn survivors must learn to navigate. Arizona Burn Foundation’s Young Adult Retreat brings together burn survivors, ages 18-25, to address these concerns in a safe and caring environment.
Arizona Burn Foundation holds an annual Family Camp to address the needs of preschool burn survivors and their families. A burn injury affects the entire family, and parents experience anxiety regarding wound care and subsequent surgeries. Siblings may be confused by the attention given to the burn survivor, and survivors may have questions and want to seek out other survivors their age. These concerns and more are addressed in a therapeutic setting at Family Camp.
The transition from hospital care and to home can be difficult. Wound care, loss of mobility, and loss of identity are very real struggles for burn survivors – and those who care for them. This retreat brings burn survivors and their caretakers together with others who are recently injured to cultivate hope and healing. The retreat includes guest speakers, group support specific to burn survivors and caregivers, massage therapy, CREATORS art, and other alternative healing activities.