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Gifford Medical Center Begins Caregiver Support Group

— Gifford Medical Center has begun a caregiver support group that is open to anyone caring for a family member or loved one.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the Randolph hospital’s Conference Center.

The group is participant-driven with members deciding how the meetings will be designed, choosing a facilitator and picking discussion topics.

Samantha Medved, a licensed social worker and behavioral health specialist at Gifford, will also work with the group, providing ongoing support. “Caregivers invest so much of themselves — both physically and mentally — into caring for others. This group is an opportunity to have time away to deal with the normal range of emotions all caregivers experience, by gaining support from peers experiencing similar issues,” Medved said.

The group is offered as part of Gifford’s efforts through the Vermont Blueprint for Health. No registration is required. Medved and the Blueprint team can be reached at 802-728-7100, ext. 6, with any questions.

The Gifford Conference Center is in the main medical center at 44 S. Main St. (Route 12) in Randolph. From patient parking, the Conference Center entrance is marked with a green awning. For handicapped accessibility, take the elevator from the main lobby to the first floor and follow signs to the Conference Center.