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Stroke Support Group Planned
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland And Mercy Home Care Conduct

Support Group For Stroke Survivors And Caregivers

Support Group to Offer Information on Restoring Quality of Life After Stroke

Pontiac, Mich .—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO), in collaboration with Mercy Home Care, will host a support group for stroke survivors and caregivers at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Woodward Professional Building, across from the main hospital, 44428 Woodward Ave., Pontiac. Attendees should enter the building at the Rehabilitation Entrance and proceed to the lower level.

Topic for the support group meeting is “Stroke Assessment with Blood Pressure Evaluation and Nutritional Needs.” Kathleen Romberger, RN, Faith Community Nursing Manager, will be the facilitator. Attendees should bring their blood pressure cuff for calibration.

The support group will focus on:

  • Understanding stroke recovery, rehabilitation and how to prevent a recurrence of stroke
  • Sharing experiences with other survivors and providing mutual support
  • Promoting independence and improving performance of daily living activities
  • Providing a forum where caregivers and family members can share their experience and support each other
  • Offering information to patients on how they can restore their quality of life despite losses and disabilities caused by stroke

The support group is conducted and supported collaboratively by SJMO and its Rehabilitation Services and Neuroscience Departments, Faith Community Nursing and Mercy Home Care.

Future meetings will be held on May 8 and June 12.

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Sue Peshl by phone at 248-858-3295 or by email at .