Caring for a Family Member Living with Paralysis Support Group

Hosted By
Heather F.
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 | 06:00pm - 07:00pm EDT
2 seats remaining
About this meeting
Caring for a family member living with paralysis can present many challenges, whether your family member is newly paralyzed or you have been a caregiver for years. These meetings will provide an opportunity for group members to gain insight, guidance and support from others who understand what they are going through. Meetings are conducted in an open forum/conversational format and members are encouraged to raise topics and ask questions related to caregiving that are of interest or concern to them. This meeting is open specifically to family members and caregivers of people living with paralysis.
  • Host

    Heather F.

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  • Co-host

    Gwendolyn A.

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  • 2nd Co-host

    Susan B.

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Recent reviews
Gwen led tonight and I love how she give space to introduce everyone to each other, as well as keeping the group moving through conversation.
Mar 20, 2024
I'm very grateful for the wisdom
Mar 07, 2024
Gwen is so positive, knowledgeable, caring and encouraging. Please keep her as the moderator. Many thanks!
Mar 07, 2024
5 = very satisfied and yes 2 facilitators are great as well! Many thanks for this peer group - lovely attendees.
Feb 22, 2024
Hope we can continue to have Gwen host these meetings. A second facilitator could be used as a backup whenever Gwen is not available. This is a nice group - in the same situation. Many thanks for hosting the Peer to Peer Meetings.
Dec 07, 2023
I do not think they attended, but I missed the beginning so there could have been a reason
Nov 01, 2023
Gwen leads the discussion. We have a great group - this is a real life line
Oct 18, 2023
1. Having 2 facilitators are very effective.2. Yes, felt very comfortable and supportive.3. The length of the meeting is just appropriate.4. Gwen and Heather are wonderful and the attendees are so so supportive. Hope this group continues for every! Thanks!
Oct 06, 2023
This was my first time. My husband was diagnosed last month with a sci. I have been needing to connect with peers who have been in my shoes. Thank you
Jun 22, 2023
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Attendees (15)
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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation


The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

Paralysis Resource Center

The Reeve Foundation's National Paralysis Resource Center is a free, comprehensive, national source of information and support for people living with paralysis and their family members/caregivers.  The National Paralysis Resource Center offers a variety of services and resources, including a team of Information Specialists trained to help individuals living with paralysis and their families locate information and resources; a national peer-to-peer mentoring program; a military and veterans program designed to support the needs of current service members and veterans; and the Paralysis Resource Guide, a free 442-page book that is a comprehensive, illustrated information tool for people affected by paralysis and for those who care for them. 

Support Groups

The Reeve Foundation's Living with Paralysis and Caring for a Family Member Living with Paralysis support groups provide an opportunity for members to connect with others who understand what they are going through and to gain support, insight and guidance. Separate groups are held for individuals living with quadriplegia, those living with paraplegia, and family members/caregivers so that meetings can focus on the unique needs and challenges of each.  Group meetings are led by two facilitators: a mental health professional and a peer with lived experience. 


The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s support groups provide support and education for individuals living with paralysis and their family members/caregivers.  These groups are led by a team of two facilitators: a mental health professional and a peer with lived experience.  While the support groups can provide psychoeducational information and support, they do not provide any type of clinical or therapeutic services, interventions or treatments nor do they provide diagnosis of any type of mental or physical condition.  Please consult with your physician or other appropriate medical or mental health professional before making any changes to your medical or mental health care or routines based on discussions held in the support groups.  If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others or thoughts of suicide, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.

Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.