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.
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.