Supporting Patients and Families
Winchester Hospital offers a variety of free support groups to help our patients and families. Learn more about our support groups for people considering weight loss surgery, parents who have lost a baby, people with diabetes, caregivers, and people with cancer.
Weight Loss Surgery Support Group
It is often helpful for patients considering weight loss surgery, as well as those who have already undergone the surgery, to speak with other patients who have had the surgery. Winchester Hospital’s bariatric surgeons schedule orientation and support group meetings for their patients and the community on a monthly basis to offer information on topics related to achieving weight loss success.
The groups enable patients to share personal stories with others in a supportive environment. Support groups can be an important resource to patients who want to achieve maximum long-term results. Please contact your surgeon’s practice directly for more information on support group meetings, times and locations. If you do not have a weight loss doctor, we can help you find a doctor who specializes in weight loss.
This group offers support for bereaved individuals and families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Winchester Hospital Outpatient Center at Unicorn Park, 200 Unicorn Park Drive, in the ground floor conference room in Woburn. For more information, please call 781-756-4700.
Alzheimer’s Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Support Group is designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. For more information, please call 781-756-4710
Diabetes Support Group
This free support group is for any adult with diabetes. The program is facilitated by Diane M. Doucette, FNP MSN, CDE of Winchester Hospital's Outpatient Diabetes Management Program. The group meets the second Tuesday of the following months: April, May, June, September, October, and November from noon – 1pm in the first floor conference room located at 200 Unicorn Park in Woburn.
Caregivers Support Group
The responsibility of caring for a family member who is aging or has an illness or disability can limit free time, interfere with sleep and even take a toll on a caregiver’s physical and emotional health. Although more than 50 million people in the U.S. provide daily living assistance to loved ones, caregivers often feel alone, helpless, unprepared or unable to provide the care their loved ones need.
The Caregivers Support Group offers information, new ideas and emotional support that caregivers require for themselves as well as their loved ones. The group enables participants to:
- Share and explore solutions to problems
- Listen and talk in a confidential setting
- Meet others in a similar role
- Learn ways to balance obligations and reduce stress
- Find out about community resources
- Help others while helping themselves
The Caregivers Support Group meets monthly at 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 5000, in Woburn from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The group is free, but participants are asked to register by calling Winchester Home Care at 781-756-2070.
Cancer Support Groups
Winchester Hospital offers support groups for people with cancer, as well as support groups specifically for women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer. Learn more about these groups.
COPD Support Group
Winchester Hospital offers support groups for people with COPD. The group meets the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in the 1st floor conference room at 200 Unicorn Park Drive, Woburn. To register or more info visit www.winchesterhospital.org/events or call (781) 756-4700.
Nursing Mothers Support Group
The Nursing Mothers Support Group is a free forum for newly breastfeeding moms to come with general questions for breastfeeding support. It’s a good way for the moms to connect with other moms in the same situation. The group is facilitated by a lactation nurse and meets each Wednesday from 2:00-3:30 pm in the first floor conference room at 200 Unicorn Park Drive in Woburn. Questions can be directed to (781) 756-4788.
Our Center for Cancer Care at 620 Washington Street in Winchester offers a full range of coordinated cancer treatment services, together in one location, with an onsite nurse navigator to offer help and guidance.
Winchester Hospital's Breast Care Center is fully accredited as an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, offering digital mammography, breast biopsies and on-site surgeons, radiologists and oncologists.
At every stage of life and for every medical need, Winchester Home Care can help, with home care services for people facing challenges of later life stages, with new babies, with disabilities, fighting illnesses, and more.