Through Catawba Valley Medical Center, in conjunction with our many community partners, a wide variety of resources are available to cancer patients and their families. These include the following:
Reach to Recovery
The American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program is a volunteer visitation program that helps breast cancer patients come to terms with the emotional, physical, and cosmetic needs that stem from the disease and its treatment. The program connects breast cancer patients and their families with other breast cancer survivors to share experiences and provide mutual emotional support. Contact County Coordinator at 828.732.6054 for more information.
Look Good, Feel Better
A free service of the American Cancer Society designed to help women undergoing cancer treatment cope with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. The class helps women regain a sense of self-confidence and control over their lives; learn to perform their own makeovers using complimentary cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetics industry. Participants also learn how to disguise hair loss using wigs, turbans, scarves, and various accessories. Each participant receives more than $200 in free cosmetics. Call 828-485-2300, ext. 6202 to make an appointment with a certified Look Good instructor.
Catawba County Wig Bank
The Catawba County Wig Bank provides new and gently used wigs, breast prostheses and mastectomy bras for cancer survivors and patients who cannot purchase these items themselves. Head coverings are also available. All items are donated by the community and the American Cancer Society. Community volunteers make the turbans and other head coverings.
Other than the American Cancer Society, the wig bank is sponsored by NC Foothills Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Members Credit Union and Maiden Recreation Center Cheerleaders. The wig bank is staff by volunteers. The hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Appointments are appreciated. Call 828.732.6054 for an appointment. The wig bank is managed by the Catawba County Breast Cancer Coalition.
Home Health Care
Services are ordered by a physician for homebound patients with skilled nursing or therapy needs. A social worker or nurse case manager will make the referral to an agency of the patient’s or family’s choice. Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans cover home health.