Service Spotlight: Wig Bank
Hair is an important part of most people’s identity. When patients are faced with hair loss as part of a treatment or illness progression, it can cause significant stress in their lives.
To help alleviate some of that stress, Michigan Medicine patients have access to the Wig Bank, a free service through the Guest Assistance Program.
Patients can walk in or make an appointment to try on various styles, get assistance with fitting, receive instructions on wig care and receive referral information for professional wig and hair care resources.
“This was so easy! I thought I would have to jump through hoops and then find something I didn’t really like,” said one patient who recently came to the Wig Bank. “But the process was incredibly convenient. I’m just grateful to have this type of service available at Michigan Medicine.”
Last year, the Wig Bank program helped more than 200 patients with wigs, hats and hair coverings. The program — which is staffed by trained social workers — can also bring wigs to inpatients in their rooms.
For more information about the Wig Bank or to schedule an appointment for a patient, please call 800-888-9825.