Hospital to Host Family Support Service
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  • program for family members of individuals with brain injury

    Helen Hayes Hospital will host a Family Day on Sunday, September 19 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the rehabilitation facility in West Haverstraw. The program is for family members of individuals who have sustained a brain injury.

    Nancy Gunderson, and advocate and benefits coordinator for Westchester Independent Living Canter, will be the program facilitator. The topic will be Stages of Your Life: this wasn’t the way it was supposed to be for my son, my daughter, or for me. Ms. Gunderson will discuss strategies for managing the unanticipated events and changes brought on by brain injury. The mother of a 32 year old son with a traumatic brain injury, Ms. Gunderson was the first regional resource developmental specialist of the lower Hudson Valley for the New York State Department of Health’s traumatic brain injury waiver program.

    Immediately after the program, participants are invited back to the hospital’s Transitional Rehabilitation Center (TRC) for refreshments. The TRC, opened three years ago, is the state’s first comprehensive transitional program servicing individuals with brain injury. Located on the hospital campus, the ranch style house provides structured programming designed to enable participants to effectively reenter the community and cope with the challenges of everyday living.

    Additional programs for family members of individuals with brain injury are scheduled for October 17 and November 14. For more information on any of the programs, or to register to attend, call Renee Reichenbach at 845-429-1677, extension 302.

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