all things ostomy.
We understand that having a colostomy can be overwhelming. Our goal is to provide you with the support and information you need to manage your condition.
What is an ostomy?
An ostomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the abdomen, allowing waste material to be diverted out of the body. The opening, called a stoma, is made by bringing a portion of the intestine or another organ to the surface of the abdomen. The stoma can be permanent or temporary, depending on the reason for the surgery.
There are several nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting individuals with ostomies. Here are some of the organizations we find to provide the most informational, technical, and financial support to those with ostomies:
United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) - The UOAA is a national nonprofit organization that provides resources and support to individuals who have or will have ostomy surgery. Their website offers a wealth of information on topics such as ostomy care, lifestyle adjustments, and emotional support.
Osto Group - Osto Group collects unused ostomy supplies via donation, and in turn, donates them back to uninsured individuals in need of ostomy supplies.
Hollister Incorporated - Hollister Incorporated is a manufacturer of ostomy products, including pouches and accessories. Their website offers educational resources on topics such as ostomy care, skin health, and lifestyle adjustments.
ConvaTec - ConvaTec is another manufacturer of ostomy products, and their website offers educational resources and support for individuals with ostomies. They also offer a range of products designed to help individuals with colostomies manage their condition.
Financial Resources for Ostomies
There are several financial resources available for individuals with ostomies. Listed below are a few:
Insurance Coverage - Most insurance plans cover the cost of ostomy supplies, including pouches and accessories. However, coverage can vary depending on the type of plan and the individual's specific needs. It's important to check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered and what out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.
Medicare and Medicaid - Medicare and Medicaid are federal and state government programs that provide health coverage to eligible individuals. Both programs cover the cost of ostomy supplies, but eligibility and coverage can vary depending on the state and individual circumstances.
Patient Assistance Programs - Some ostomy supply manufacturers offer patient assistance programs to help individuals who may not have insurance or who have limited financial resources. These programs provide discounted or free supplies to eligible individuals.
Nonprofit Organizations - There are several nonprofit organizations that provide financial assistance to individuals with ostomies. For example, the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) offers a patient assistance program that provides financial assistance to individuals who need help paying for ostomy supplies.
State Programs - Some states have programs that provide financial assistance for ostomy supplies to eligible residents. These programs can vary depending on the state and individual circumstances.
Adjusting to life with an ostomy can be challenging, and it's not uncommon for individuals to experience a range of emotions as they adapt to their new way of life. Here are some emotional resources for ostomy patients:
Support Groups - Support groups provide a safe and confidential environment for individuals with ostomies to share their experiences and receive emotional support from others who have gone through a similar experience. Support groups can be in-person or online.
Counseling - Professional counseling can help individuals cope with the emotional challenges of living with an ostomy. A licensed therapist or counselor can provide support, guidance, and strategies for managing anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues.
Peer Support Programs - Peer support programs connect individuals with ostomies with trained volunteers who have had a similar experience. Peer supporters can provide emotional support, share practical tips, and serve as a source of inspiration and motivation.
Online Communities - Online communities, such as forums and social media groups, can provide a space for individuals with ostomies to connect with others and share their experiences. These communities can offer emotional support, practical advice, and a sense of belonging.
We've got ostomy supplies.
Unable to obtain ostomy supplies? Contact us at the form below. We accept donations of ostomy supplies and redistribute them to those who are in need.