The Post Stroke & Disabled Adult Support Groups

The Bergen County Division on Disability Services:
Post Stroke & Disabled Adult Support Groups

Policy Statement and Standards of Program Eligibility

Goal: To maintain and provide a quality level of support and activity to all eligible Bergen County Stroke survivors and adults with a disability.

Objective: To continue to expand groups by providing outreach to Bergen County Stroke survivors and adults with a disability to attend one of the support groups and maintain a safe and friendly, supportive environment as well as screen all potential support group participants and complete program intake forms to determine eligibility or non-eligibility.

Application Process: All adults with disabilities interested in becoming a support group member must complete an intake/application form. This form contains participant information such as name, address, phone, medical information , medications, current therapies (Speech, Physical, Occupational), special needs, use of durable equipment (i.e. wheelchair, quad cane, walker) emergency contact and request for transportation. There is no waiting list for participation.

1. The Bergen County Division on Disability’s (DDS) Post Stroke & Disabled Adult Support Groups receive referrals from various County and local agencies, hospitals and service organizations. Client referrals and families with minority adult family members are often referred to our support groups for information and participation.

2. It is the policy and mission of the Post Stroke & Disabled Adult Support Group Programs to accept any individual, regardless of that person’s disability, who meets the minimum standards for participation.

3. Standards of Eligibility:

*Participants must comply with socially acceptable norms and maintain appropriate behavior in the support group.

*Maintain good personal hygiene

*Able to provide for personal needs such as toileting and feeding oneself or is accompanied by a companion or aide to provide assistance.

4. Standards of Non-Eligibility

*Incontinence, wandering, disruptive behavior

While there are no formal termination procedures for participants of the Post Stroke & Disabled Adult Support Group Program, the refusal or inability of a client to cooperate with program eligibility guidelines; physically abusive behavior that may endanger oneself or others and obscene/abusive language or behavior, will not be tolerated and referrals to other adult programs may be initiated. Further there is no appeals process for participations of the Post Stroke & Disabled Support Group Program since determination made by the County in this regard are discretionary.

Disclaimer: as a Consultant for the division, you must make your own determination if a group like this will benefit you. The groups are very supportive.

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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