• Kidney Transplant Support Services at Lahey

    At Lahey, an important member of your care team is your transplant social worker. This social worker is a licensed mental health professional who can help you address any transplant-related emotional issues that may come up.

    How Our Kidney Transplant Social Workers Can Help 

    Transplant social workers are experts in helping transplant patients and their families understand and cope with chronic illness and transplantation. They also are direct links to community resources that offer practical assistance and support.

    Transplant social workers provide counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families, with the goal of helping you make positive changes in your life. In addition, support groups are available as an open forum for you to learn about your disease and the transplant process.

    To contact a transplant social worker at Lahey who can help guide you and your family members through the kidney transplantation process, please call 781-744-2500.

    Asking Someone to Donate a Kidney 

    If you plan to ask someone to donate a kidney to you, we can help you begin the conversation. Your potential donor should not be pressured to volunteer; we prefer for them to have an innate willingness to participate. We offer in-house counselors that can help your family or friends make the decision whether donation is right for them.

    The ideal candidate would be someone in good health, with a genuine interest, and of compatible blood type. If your donor is of an incompatible blood type, donation may still be possible through our paired kidney donation program.

    If your donor decides that he or she is ready to begin the application process, the donor should start by taking the BREEZE TRANSPLANT Questionnaire, which will ask a few questions to determine whether he or she is a potential donor candidate.  

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