The Fisher-Titus Medical Center Stroke Support Group
"The people at Fisher-Titus Medical Center have been like guardian angels to me. The response my father has had to the support group has been incredible."
- Fisher-Titus Medical Center Support Group Member
Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Stroke Support Group provides opportunities for stroke survivors, their caregivers, and health care professionals to support each other by sharing experiences, challenges, and accomplishments. The Support Group also provides stroke survivors and their caregivers with available resources to help them lead active and rewarding lives after stroke.
The group is led by members of Fisher-Titus Medical Center's occupational, physical and speech therapy staff as well as stroke survivors. In addition to the personal support offered through the group, monthly meetings include educational discussions on various topics of interest to the group such as diet, exercise, visual changes, community re-entry and communication. Current trends in stroke rehabilitation also are covered.
Membership in the Stroke Support Group is voluntary. The group meets monthly at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
Educating our Community
The Fisher-Titus Medical Center Stroke Support Group also works to educate the community about stroke etiology, symptoms of a stroke, stroke prevention, and current trends in stroke rehabilitation. An important component of educating the public on stroke or "brain attack" is the need to get emergency treatment immediately if stroke symptoms are present. A stroke, or "brain attack," occurs when a blood clot or a broken blood vessel interrupts blood flow to the brain. The lack of oxygen kills brain cells in the immediate area, often causing limitations in movement, balance, thought patterns, speech, memory and vision.
Seeking emergency treatment for a stroke is crucial because every minute lost cuts into the limited window of opportunity for intervention. The longer the patient delays getting help, the more damage a stroke can do and the less recovery can be achieved.
Members of the Fisher-Titus Stroke Team work to expedite treatment of stroke patients presenting to Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Emergency Department, and to educate the public on recognizing the signs of stroke and the need for immediate treatment. The team includes Fisher-Titus Medical Center health care professionals from the Emergency, Neurology, Radiology, Nursing, Case Management and Rehabilitation Departments.
If you or someone you know would benefit from this program or would like more information about this group Call Fisher-Titus at 419-668-8101, Ext. 6435 or 800-589-3862, Ext. 6435.
Stroke symptoms require emergency treatment. Treatment can be more effective if given quickly. Every minute counts!