When a burn survivor is first admitted to the hospital for their injuries, it is often a devastating time and trying experience for all involved.
These situations can be all the more challenging for families who do not have the means to meet additional financial responsibilities. For these families, we have established a local safety net, the Emergency Needs Fund. The Emergency Needs Fund provides emergency housing to low-income families of burn patients while their loved ones are being treated at the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center. The Fund also provides emergency transportation to and from the burn center, food vouchers, parking passes and other immediate needs deemed necessary.
The UC San Diego Regional Burn Center is the only Burn Center in both San Diego and Imperial counties. Some families must travel over 100 miles to visit their loved one in the hospital. The goal of the Emergency Needs Fund is to ensure that families can stay together so they are able to provide their burn survivor with all the love and support they so desperately need while in the hospital recovering.
The Special Assistance Fund specifically helps fulfill a burn survivor’s special and unique needs.
The Special Assistance Fund is different from the Emergency Needs Fund in that it specifically helps fulfill a burn survivor’s special needs–needs that are necessary after discharge to help make their rehabilitation and transition a little easier. Often times, insurance companies do not always cover the costs of special physical therapy devices and/or counseling. The fund also helps sponsor burn survivors to attend special conferences and support workshops, which assist them in healing their emotional scars.
This program provides assistance with special needs such as:
- Medical supplies such as pressure garments
- Rental of special physical therapy equipment
- Wheelchairs and hearing aids
- Total contact silicone face masks
- Other special requests