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HSHS St. John’s Hospital to Launch Caregiver Support Group

HSHS St. John’s Hospital is starting a caregiver support group in partnership with Staab-Polk Memorial Home. Members will be able to discuss caregiving expectations, options, resources and the feelings associated with taking care of a loved one. Research shows that caregivers who participate in a support group feel less isolation, loneliness, depression and anxiety.

“If you provide any level of care for a loved one, then you can benefit from this group,” said Catherine Spannagel, Third Age Living outreach representative at St. John’s. “We will provide practical advice in a judgement-free environment and encourage discussion.”
A small portion of each session will be devoted to an informational topic, such as caregiver stress, home safety, advanced planning, healthy eating and fraud prevention. Caregivers will be encouraged to discuss their challenges and victories with one another. The group will be confidential.
The group will meet the first and third Sunday of every month from February 5 through May 21, 2017 at Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, 8855 State Route 4 Chatham, from noon to 2 p.m. and include lunch, fellowship and discussion. It is open to the public, but registration is required. Call 217-814-7797 for more information and to register.

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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