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Patient Support Services

Often during recovery, our patients and their families and friends deal not only with pain but the uncertainty of illness, sometimes life threatening.

All Inova hospitals provide multidenominational pastoral emotional and spiritual support. Our pastoral care staff also helps our patients and families address the theological, bioethical, philosophical and cultural issues that often arise when facing illness and injury.

Inova also offers numerous support groups to assist patients and family members during the recovery process and beyond.

Support Groups

Stroke Survivors & Caregivers

Inova currently offers free support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers at three different locations: Telestar Court near Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Medical Campus and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

These monthly gatherings can be very helpful to individuals recovering from a stroke and to their caregivers. Among the numerous topics discussed:

  • Understanding stroke and how it affects you physically
  • Reducing risk for stroke
  • Adjusting to and safely performing daily activities
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Available community services

Stroke Survivors & Caregivers – Fairfax location
2990 Telestar Court
Conference Room #1 and #3
Falls Church, VA 22042
(Map and directions
Free. Meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7 to 8:30 p.m. No registration is required. For more information, contact Laura Buhler at laura.buhler@inova.org

Stroke Survivors & Caregivers – Inova Fair Oaks Medical Campus location
3580 Joseph Siewick Drive
Lower Level Conference Center, Room B
Fairfax, VA 22033

Free. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. No registration is required. For information, contact Jill Fitzgerald at jill.fitzgerald@inova.org.

Stroke Survivors & Caregivers – Inova Loudoun Hospital location
44045 Riverside Parkway
Second floor, Patient Education Room
Leesburg, VA 20176
(Map and directions)
Free. Meets the second Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon. No registration required. For more information, contact jill.lieb@inova.org (Stroke Group Liaison) or nicole.dlesk@inova.org (Stroke Coordinator).

Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Support Group

Meets the first Tuesday of each month
A FREE support group where you can get answers to your questions and interact with others undergoing similar experiences.

First Tuesday of each month
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Life with Cancer Family Center
8411 Pennell Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
(Map and directions)

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

You are not alone! Join us. Inova Neuroscience Institute and The Brain Aneurysm Foundation have teamed up to provide this free support group for:

  • Survivors of brain aneurysms
  • Caregivers
  • Family and friends
  • Recently diagnosed patients with brain aneurysm
  • Patients in treatment

Meets the second Tuesday of each month
7 to 8:30 p.m.

2990 Telestar Court
Conference Room #1 and #3
Falls Church, VA  22042
(Map and directions)

To register contact Laura Buhler at laura.buhler@inova.org or at 703-776-3030, option 2.

Trauma Survivors Network (TSN)

The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) is a community of patients and survivors looking to connect with one another and rebuild their lives after a serious injury. Research suggests that we can improve post-trauma outcomes by providing peer support programs to patients and their families, helping them connect with one another, and teaching them the skills to self-manage the day-to-day challenges of recovery.

TSN holds monthly support groups for survivors and caregivers. These groups offer support, coping skills, and education to attendees.

For more information about the TSN, please contact Shira Rothberg at 703-776-4930 or shira.rothberg@inova.org.

Learn more about TSN