Stroke changes lives and recovery takes time

UofL Health – Stroke is dedicated to providing education, support and encouragement to people who have had a stroke and their family members through stroke support groups. These support groups are welcome to anyone affected by stroke and allow attendees to learn how others are coping. One of our stroke support group members, Alex, spoke about her experience with the group. “I had a stroke when I was young and now as an adult, I still have to deal with effects from it. The reason I joined this group is because being around other people that have experienced what I have makes it easier to understand what I have went through.”

“When attendees of our support groups share experiences and strengths, they often feel empowered while helping others feel like they are not alone while facing their challenges,” said Carrie Crockett, MSSW, CSW who leads support groups for UofL Health – UofL Hospital – Comprehensive Stroke Center.  “Often, it is through sharing that participants can give hope to each other,” said Cassy Couey, stroke emergency management systems and community outreach coordinator.

Our stroke program is especially proud to be a part of The Friendly Folks Stroke Support Group based at UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. This support group is the longest-running stroke support group in Kentucky with over 36 years. Support groups are also offered across the city in Louisville and in Campbellsville and Jasper, Ind. “Our support groups in Campbellsville and Jasper have allowed us to continue helping stroke patients that have been referred to us. I have been told many times by participants how appreciative they are that we have been able to be there for them close to home as they adjust to life after their stroke,” said Crockett.

The support groups are held once a month. During COVID-19 restrictions many of our groups are being held virtually but as entities are opened and more gatherings are allowed, our support groups will meet in person.

Stroke care does not end when you leave the hospital. Many stroke survivors and their caregivers experience a range of emotions as they adjust back to normal daily activities. Join us in one of our free support groups where you can enjoy talking openly with others who share similar experiences. “If you take a rope and it is made of two strands, it’s strong when twisted together and when you add a third or more in there it’s hard to break. This group is hard to break; we are stronger through this group with each other. Each of us are a piece of a rope that gets added and it’s impossible to break us apart,” said stroke support group member, Candy.

Our Stroke Survivor/Caregiver Support Groups are listed below.

UofL Health – Stroke Support Groups:

Online Stroke Support Group:

Facebook – UofL Health Stroke Survivor/Caregiver Online Support Group

In-person Stroke Support Groups will resume as COVID-19 restrictions allow:

UofL Health – UofL Hospital

Meets the third Thursday of each month

Crescent Hill Library

2762 Frankfort Ave, Louisville KY 40206

12-2 p.m.

Contact: Carrie Crockett, CSW at 502-645-5425

 

UofL Health – Stroke Support Group – Campbellsville

Meets the first Friday of each month

Taylor Co. Public Library

1316 E. Broadway Street Campbellsville, KY 42718

1-3 p.m.

Contact: Carrie Crockett, CSW at 502-645-5425

UofL Health and Jasper Memorial Hospital Stroke Survivor/Caregiver Support Group

Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month

Medical Art Conference Room

721 W. 13 Street, Jasper IN 47546

1-3 p.m.

Contacts: Mary Jo Eaton Calhoun, BSN, RN Telemedicine Services 812-996-6364

Brandi Beck, RN, Neuroscience Nurse Coordinator: 812-996-5912

Carrie Crockett, CSW Social Worker 502-645-5425

Mary and Elizabeth Hospital Friendly Folks Stroke Club Support Group

Meets the second Wednesday of each month

Mary and Elizabeth Hospital

12 p.m.

For more information call 502-361-6585

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About Carrie Crockett

Carrie Crockett, MSSW, CSW is the stroke program social worker at UofL Health – UofL Hospital - Comprehensive Stroke Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work at Morehead State University and earned her master’s degree in science of social work at University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work. Crockett has social work experience in alcohol/substance abuse counseling in the outpatient community; she was a social service clinician with the Department of Corrections in the psychiatry unit and is now the stroke program social worker at UofL Hospital. She currently works with the stroke survivors and caregivers at UofL Hospital ensuring that each patient and family is provided support and education. Crockett is proactive in the community, providing education and support to stroke survivors and caregivers through the Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Groups in Louisville, Ky., Campbellsville, Ky. and Jasper Ind. She is a part of the Kentucky Stroke Encounter Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP) hospital group, helping to provide assistance and collaboration with other stroke programs, hospitals and community members.

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