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Support Groups at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

In rehabilitation, there is nothing that can take the place of peers with similar experiences. They can provide knowledge, insight, reassurance and encouragement of incredible value. Look at Gaylord’s range of support groups and you’ll see proof of this. Each one provides a setting for people to join together, talk through issues, learn about advancements, and give each other encouragement.

Gaylord sponsors many support groups that provide ongoing education and camaraderie for people with various disabilities or health concerns. Some groups, however, are more pertinent to our inpatients and their families. These groups are indicated in the listing. If you are interested in attending a group meeting, please call the contact person to confirm meeting time and location.

Many support groups intended for Gaylord Hospital inpatients are not included in this list. Contact your Gaylord Care Manager for additional support.

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Acquired Brain Injury Patients Family & Caregiver Support Group
This group is doing virtual meetings via ZOOMInvited participants should reference their email from Ms. Scolnic/or group facilitator for the Zoom password. 

Brain Injury Problem Checklist

Open to all family and caregivers of current inpatients or recent Gaylord patients with an ABI.
Dorene Scolnic, LCSW, CCTSW,
(203) 679-3506

Amputee Success Group
1st Thursday of every month
Meeting via Zoom
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open to the Community
Amputee Support (203) 741-3424

Better Breathers
1st Thursday of every month
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Open to the Community
Helen Young, BS, RRT-NPS, RPFT
Emily Woodworth, RRT
(203) 741-3351

Cardiac Support Group
Every other month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at alternating sites. Meetings are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Co-hosted with Meriden Center
Open to the community
Roberta Desell, LPN, (203) 238-2645

Community Stroke Support Group
1st Thursday of every month
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Meeting via Zoom
Patients, families, peers
For more information, (203) 284-2875

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
- CT Chapter Board Meeting

2nd Wednesday of the month
6:00 p.m -7:00 p.m.
Not currently meeting
Bill Mancini, (203) 284-2910

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
4th Wednesday of the month
Meeting via Zoom
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
For more information, (203) 284-2875

Substance Abuse Groups

SUBSTANCE ABUSE GROUPS that meet in Chauncey are taking place in person.  

AA Meetings
10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Chauncey Lecture Hall
Open to the Community
For more information,
(203) 741-3366

ALANON Meetings
Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Chauncey Lecture Hall
Monday, 8:00 p.m.
Cullen Board Room
Open to the Community
For more information,
(203) 741-3366

Chemical Use Education (CUE)
Currently not Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Jackson Pavilion, Room 233
Inpatients and Outpatients
Dorene Scolnic, LCSW, CCTSW, (203) 679-3506

SAA Meeting
Thursday  7 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Chauncey Lecture Hall
Open to the Community
(203) 741-3366

SA 12-Step Meeting
Currently not meeting
(203) 741-3366

Gamblers Anon
Friday 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Chauncey Lecture Hall
Open to the Community
(203) 284-2881

Chaplaincy Services 

Chaplain Visitation
All Patients & Family Members
See Clinical Support Associate for Schedule
Rev. Joy Christi Przestwor
(203) 741-3345

Prayer Service 
Televised Daily
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. on channel 98 (hospital televsiion)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on channel 11 (hospital television)
Noon - 1:00 p.m. on channel 98 (hospital television)

Rev. Joy Christi Przestwor
(203) 741-3345

Eucharistic Ministry 
Catholic Patients & Family Members
Eucharistic Ministry is every Wednesday from 7 a.m. until all Catholic patients and family members present have been seen.
Rev. Joy Christi Przestwor
(203) 741-3345

Sunday Services
Sunday services are held in the inpatient gym from 2 to 3 p.m., usually twice a month. Services are multi-cultural and multi-faith. 
Patients, family, friends and staff are all welcome.
Flyers are distributed to the nursing units 14 days before a service and given to patients when they are visited by the chaplain. 


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