The Spouses and Significant Others Support Group (SASO) of Ostomy Canada Society was formed to address the needs of and offer support to spouses, significant others, families and friends of persons with an ostomy. Since the committee's inception, in December 2000, the members have worked hard to achieve this goal by implementing the following:
- to provide information and support for spouses and significant others
Through the distribution of the brochure, Partners Support Program, spouses and significant others of new ostomates are made aware that help and support is available. Twice a year, the SASO column is published in the Ostomy Canada Society magazine, Ostomy Canada, with information of interest to this particular group.
- to train spouses and significant others as visitors
Spouses and significant others of ostomates, as trained visitors, are prepared to offer help and support to those who request it.
- to become full members of Ostomy Canada Society
The spouses and significant others, as a group, are recognized as an integral part of Ostomy Canada Society. At the biannual Ostomy Canada Society conferences, the SASO symbol, printed on the name cards, identifies this special group.
- to meet from time to time to discuss and share concerns, ideas and solutions
A program designed for spouses and significant others is offered at the annual Ostomy Canada Society conference. Some spouses and significant others arrange to meet each other through the support of their local chapter.
Read the SASO Support Group brochure here or ask the Ostomy Canada Society office to send one to you.