Stroke is the number one cause of disability in the United States and oftentimes occurs very suddenly. Within a few seconds, your whole world can change. It is essential to understand that although the disease only directly affects the patient, the illness will affect the whole family and the patient’s social support system.
The Stroke Support Group at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital helps caregivers feel less isolated and creates bonds of assistance and friendship. Participating in a support group can help caregivers manage their stress by sharing their experiences and helping to improve the quality of caregiving. Support groups may also help with problems that there are no easy solutions to.
In 2002, Hillside began to offer the Stroke Support Group to stroke survivors and their caregivers in the community, because the road to recovery continues long after hospital discharge. While most attendees of the Stroke Support Group are Hillside patients, anyone who has experienced a stroke may attend with their loved ones.
Those that attend the Stroke Support Group find it to be a great opportunity for social support and interaction with people who have similar struggles. The Stroke Support Group meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Board Room at Hillside. At each meeting there are planned activities, such as different speakers, time for socialization and sharing, as well as encouragement and discussion.
For more information on the Stroke Support Group, call 330-841-3891.
For more information, learn more about Hillside Rehabilitation Hosptial on their website.
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