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Support Groups

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Sometimes a little sharing, assistance or education can go a long way toward making you feel better. To that end, we offer a variety of support groups, services and programs throughout the community. Because we care where you live.

An overview of the support groups available through DKH is below. For specific meeting dates and topics, please view our Upcoming Support Group Meetings page, or browse our month-by-month calendar of events.


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Al-Anon: Saturdays; 7:00 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Saturdays and Sundays; 10:00 a.m.; Day Kimball Hospital.

Adult Bereavement Support Group: Meets periodically throughout the year. For info call (860) 928-0422 x2042.

Breast Cancer Support Group: Third Tuesdays; 7:00 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital’s Private Dining Room. For more info call (860) 779-0252.

Breastfeeding Support Group: First Monday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Day Kimball Healthcare Family Advocacy Center/WIC Office, 255 Pomfret Street, Putnam. For more information call (860) 963-6599 and press 1 for ext. 7103

Cancer Care Wellness Support Group  Held the second Monday of each month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., at Day Kimball Hospital, 320 Pomfret Street Putnam. For more information call (860) 963-6425. Check for upcoming meeting dates and details >

Caregiver Support Group: This free support group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia is held on the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 15 Marshall Street, Putnam. Facilitated by Kathy Demers. For more information, call Kathy at (860) 377-6416.

Good Grief Group: Support group for children and teens, ages 5-16, who have suffered a loss through death. The goal of the group is to let children know that they are not alone in their grief, that it is alright if they feel sad and cry and how to deal with their grief and emotions in healing ways. Hosted by two trained facilitators. Multi-week sessions are held periodically throughout the year. For more information, call Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut at (860) 928-0422 x2042. . Check for upcoming meeting dates and details >

Look Good, Feel Better: This free workshop helps women fighting cancer to manage the appearance related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. A specially trained, certified cosmetologist will provide makeup, hair, skin and nail-care tips and advice. Participants also receive a free makeup and skincare toolkit and a head covering (if desired). Presented in collaboration with the American Cancer Society periodically throughout the year. For more information call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 and choose option 1.  

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Memory Care Activity Program: This program provides stimulation and socialization to individuals with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia, as well as respite time for their caregivers. Learn more at our Memory Care Activity Program page >

Operation Kimball Kids: Second Wednesday or Thursday each month; 3:00 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital, first floor, ACU Reception. For children who have an upcoming surgery, along with their families. For info and to register call (860) 963-6370.

Overeaters Anonymous: Every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Day Kimball Hospital, Fields Conference Room 1. For more information, please call (508) 949-0819 or (860) 796-0114.

Sleep Apnea Group - A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well & Keeping Energetic): Meets the second Thursday of each month except January, February, July and August, at Day Kimball Hospital in the Field Conference Rooms. Moderated by a sleep technologist, the program is for patients, family members and friends who are affected by sleep apnea. Learn more about sleep apnea and using CPAP equipment, and share experiences and helpful hints with other support group members.

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Amputee Clinic: Fourth Tuesdays; 10:00 a.m.; Day Kimball Rehab Center, Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam. Dr. Joseph O’Keefe meets with amputees to ensure proper care and fit of prosthetics. For info call (860) 963-6322.

Asthma Clinic: Meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Day Kimball Medical Group pulmonary medicine office, 346 Pomfret St., Putnam. Free evaluation, testing, management and education of asthma for people at least 15 years old without regular access to healthcare, uninsured or under insured. For info call (860) 928-4344.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Classes: Wednesdays; 10:30 a.m.; Day Kimball Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam. Free educational programs for people with heart diseases. For info call (860) 963-6315.

Alzheimer's & Dementia Family Training Seminars: Free classes for individuals caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease & other related dementias. Held periodically throughout the year. For information call Day Kimball HomeCare at (860) 928-0422.

Healthy Start/Husky Program: A healthcare program for pregnant women & children up to 19 years of age. Services include insurance for prenatal care for pregnant women & complete medical coverage for children. Parents or guardians may qualify for free medical assistance if financial restrictions are met. Case management services are also available. For info call (860) 928-6541 X2595.

Mammograms and Pap Tests: Call (860) 456-6896 regarding eligibility for the CT Breast and Cervical Cancer Grant. If ineligible for this grant, contact a financial counselor at Day Kimball Hospital regarding eligibility for a free mammogram certificate through the Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Cancer Fund at (860) 928-6541 x3316 or x2219.

Nurturing Families Network: Info and support for new parents during pregnancy and after the birth of baby. For info call (860) 928-6541 or (860) 774-3366 x2077.

Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster(TM):
Learn mind-body techniques to feel calmer before surgery, use less pain medication and heal faster. Developed by Peggy Huddleston. For info call Robin Thompson at (860) 928-6541 x2095.

Prepared Childbirth Classes: Developed by a team of nurses in consultation with area obstetricians and pediatricians. Choose from the 5-week series with 2-hour evening classes, or an 8-hour Saturday class. For info call (860) 928-6541 ext. 2247.

Relay For Life of Eastern Connecticut (Plainfield): Held each June at the Plainfield Town Hall. Visit the American Cancer Society website for event information.

Relay For Life of Northeastern Connecticut: Held each May at the Woodstock Fairgrounds. Visit the American Cancer Society website for event information.

Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program: A supplemental food and nutrition program for women who are pregnant, breast-feeding mothers with infants and children under 5. Income eligible program. Click for more info >

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