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.


Support Groups Services & Programs


Support Groups

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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.

AWAKE: Meets quarterly in March, June, September and December, on the Second Thursdays of the Month; 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital RHF #1 or Private Dining Room. For people with Sleep Apnea and their families. For info call (860) 963-6340.

Better Breathing Club: Last Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital RHF #3. For info call (860) 928-6541 or (860) 774-3366 x2292.

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

Cancer Care Wellness Support Group  Second Tuesdays; 5:30 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital Campus, 320 Pomfret Street Putnam. For info call (860) 963-6425 or see our online event calendar for monthly themes.

Caregiver Support Group (Presented by Geriatric Care Management): Second Thursdays; 1:30 p.m.; 15 Marshall Street, Putnam. For info call (860) 779-9270.

Caregiver Support Group (Presented by Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut): Last Tuesdays (except December is third Tuesday); 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital (rooms vary, please see 2012/2013 schedule). For info and to register call (860) 576-2064.

Good Grief Group: Meets periodically throughout the year at Christ Church in Pomfret, Rt 169. For school-aged children who have lost a loved one (children must be joined by an adult). For info call (860) 928-0422 x2042.

Look Good Feel Better (R): For women who are currently undergoing treatment for a cancer diagnosis (chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other forms of treatment). Registration is required. Meets monthly at Day Kimball Hospital Hematology/Oncology 2nd Floor; Visit the Look Good Feel Better website for meeting dates. For more info call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345. 

Mother and Me Breastfeeding Support Group: Every other Monday; 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.; Day Kimball Hospital RHF Room #2. For info call (860) 928-6541 x2247.

Narcotics Anonymous: Sundays; 7:00 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital.

National Alliance for Mental Illness Family Support and Education: First and Third Mondays; 6:00 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital RHF #1. For info call (860) 961-0318.

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.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group: Third Tuesdays; 2:00 p.m., Day Kimball Hospital RHF #3. For info call (860) 928-6541 or (860) 774-3366 x2015

Share Our Memories Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group
: Third Mondays; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital RHF rooms. For information call Wendy 860-564-4633 or (860) 928-6541 x2247.

Stroke Support Group: Second Tuesdays; 1:00 p.m.; Day Kimball Hospital. For info call (860) 963-6322.

T.A.L.L. (Transition and Loving Life): Second Sundays; 2:00-4:00 p.m.; Meetings not held in July or August. Day Kimball Hospital RHF room #2. For info call Renee Benoit at (860) 928-7669.

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Services & Programs

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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.

Blood Pressure Screening Clinics: Various senior groups, congregate housing sites & community centers. For info call (860) 928-6541 or (860) 774-3366 x2015.

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.

Family Training Seminar: 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.

Flu & Pneumonia Immunization Clinics: Workplace, school & community. For adults 18 years & older. For info and schedules call (860) 928-6541 or (860) 774-3366 x2015.

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.

It’s Your Life...Live it Well: A free chronic disease self-management program designed for adults age 55 and older who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems. The program is designed to complement your current medical care and help you communicate better with your health care providers. Runs periodically. For info, call Kathy Demers, APRN at (860) 779-9270.

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.

Quit Smoking Education Classes: Held periodically and presented by Day Kimball HomeCare. Two one-hour sessions held on different days. For more information about upcoming classes call (860) 928-6541 ext. 2060 or ext. 2015.

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.

Safe Sitter Classes: Basic SAFE Sitter course for boys and girls 11-13 years of age presented by Day Kimball HomeCare. Participants receive a Safe Sitter Certificate after attending two classes within a series. Please call (860) 928-6541 ext. 2060 for more information.

Women, Infant & Children Program: A supplemental food and nutrition program for women who are pregnant, breast-feeding mothers with infants and children under 5. Income eligible program. For info call (860) 928-3660 or (860) 774-7860.

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