Support group starting for caregivers

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is sponsoring an eight-week support group for caregivers this summer. Beginning July 12, the Caregivers’ Support Group will meet every Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 p.m. through Aug. 30.

The support group is free of charge and open to the public but pre-registration is required.

“Any person caring for a family member or loved one at home with a chronic illness or debilitating condition soon realizes that they have lost their independence and freedom,” said Laurie Petrasanta, MS, BSW, a counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

“The stress and exhaustion can be overwhelming for caregivers. Caregivers need to take a break and take care of themselves. They need to talk with others in similar circumstances, where they will find understanding that isn’t available anywhere else.”

The Caregivers’ Support Group will be held at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 of the Health and Wellness Center at I-Park. I-Park is located at 761 Main Avenue (Route 7) on the Wilton/Norwalk town line.

For more information, or to pre-register for the Caregivers’ Support Group, contact Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, at 203-834- 6341, extension 255.

A non-profit community organization for more than 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice and palliative care for adults and children in Weston and throughout Fairfield County. Visit them online at or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.