Support groups are an important part of healing and learning to live with chronic illness or loss. A support group will provide you with an opportunity to meet other people who are in a situation similar to your own. You will have a chance to express yourself, to explore solutions to problems, to learn coping skills, and to gain new insights about living comfortably. The support group setting is positive and nonjudgmental. Support group members look at you not with sympathy but with understanding. The common bond that comes from sharing can bring relief from the stresses of living with loss or chronic illness.
Jefferson Healthcare provides these support groups free of charge and open for anyone who wishes to participate. Click here to get the entire list of support groups.
Bereavement Support Group
For family members coping with the loss from the death of a loved one.
Days: Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Place: Home Health and Hospice, 2500 W. Sims Way, 3rd Floor (building by the round-about at Howard)
Contact: Bernie Ward-Crixell, Bereavement Coordinator, (360) 385-2200 ext. 4684
Better Breathers Support Group
For people with lung and breathing problems
Day: Third Monday of the month
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Place: Jefferson Healthcare Hospital, Olympic Room, main lobby entrance, first floor by the Physical Therapy department
Contact: Hilary Metzger, RN, (360) 385-2200 ext. 1220
Cancer Support Group
This is to support people dealing with cancer of any kind.
Day: Second Thursday of the month
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Place: Jefferson Healthcare Hospital Puget Room
Contact: Lisa Lawrence, LICSW, (360) 385-2200 ext. 2040
Caregivers Support Group
This is a combined meeting with the Alzheimer's support for family, friends, and caregivers of people with memory loss or medical debility.
Day: Fourth Friday of the month
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Place: Jefferson Healthcare Hospital, Olympic Room, water side entrance, former main entrance and lobby. The meeting room is in the Rehab Center.
Contact: Karen Elliott, MSW, (360) 385-2200 ext. 2017
CPAP, BiPAP and ASV Users Group
For users and their families and any patient doing treatment for sleep disordered breathing
Day: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Place: Home Health and Hospice, 2500 W. Sims Way, 3rd Floor (round about at Howard St)
Contact: Dave Wilson, (360) 385-2200 ext. 3233
Diabetes Support Group
This group meets to discuss diabetes management during lunch time, so bring a brown bag lunch!
Day: Second Monday of the month (no meeting in December)
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm - bring a lunch!
Place: Seaport Landing, 1201 Hancock Road, Port Townsend
Contact: Amber Benner, RN, (360) 385-2200 ext. 1240
Notifications: To be added to the group, click here to email Amber Benner
Look Good - Feel Better
This program is to help women deal with the physical side effects of cancer treatment. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, it provides assistance with hair, skin, nutrition, wigs and head wraps.
Days: May 2, July 11, September 12 and November 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Place: Jefferson healthcare Hospital, Olympic Room, main lobby, first floor in the Physical Rehab Department
Register by calling: 800-395-5665 (LOOK)
Parkinson's Support Group
This is for those with Parkinson's disease and their family members.
Day: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Place: Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center Olympic Room (enter water side by Rehab Center)
Contact: Karen Elliott, MSW, (360) 385-2200 ext 2017