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Support Group For Stroke Survivors And Caregivers
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Mercy Home Care Conduct
Support Group For Stroke Survivors And Caregivers

Support Group to Offer Education on Stroke and Information
on Restoring Quality of Life Post-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 9, 2014, at the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland 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.

The topic for the April 9 meeting will be "Communicating with Your Loved Ones: Strategies for Understanding and Being Understood."  Facilitator will be Palma Baker, MA, CCC-SLP, Regional Rehab Manager, Mercy Home Care.

In addition to stroke education, the support group focuses 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 Department and Mercy Home Care.

The public is invited free of charge.  For more information or to reserve a spot, call 248-858-3295 or email Jessica Hobson

SJMO became Michigan’s first Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2004.  In 2006, SJMO launched the Michigan Stroke Network, a collaboration of more than 30 Michigan hospitals committed to bringing the latest in stroke care to communities around the state.  With telemedicine and real-time audio-visual technology, emergency room physicians at participating hospitals have access 24/7 to stroke specialists at SJMO.