A spinal cord injury can be overwhelming to the patient and his or her entire family. Having emotional support is important for both new SCI patients and those who have been living with the condition for awhile. Learning new information about SCI is also important. SCI support groups offer patients and their families emotional support, information, and much more. For example, many SCI groups dedicate themselves to offering adaptive recreational activities for SCI patients.
Each SCI support group has its own special focus, so it is important to check out several before deciding which one is appropriate for you. The following list of SCI support groups in Louisiana as complete as we could make it; you will notice that some groups have more information available than others. In addition, support groups may change or disband without notice, so we urge you to call the groups you are interested in before making a trip to their meeting place.
If you cannot find a support group in your area, you may want to start your own. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association offers helpful information on starting your own support group:https://unitedspinal.org/
Northshore SCI Support Group
This group meets every first Saturday of each month from 11:00 to 12:30.
North Oaks Medical Center
Brent E. Dufreche Conference Room, Suite C
1900 S Morrison Blvd.
Hammond, Louisiana, 70403
West Jefferson Medical Center SCI Support Group
This group appears to just be getting started. Call for more information.
West Jefferson Medical Center
Fourth floor Rehab
1101 Medical Center Boulevard
Marrero, Louisiana 70072
Touro Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
Support Group for families, patients, and friends of spinal cord injury survivors are held every second Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Touro Rehabilitation Center
1401 Foucher Street
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70115