Most support groups are postponed due to COVID-19. However, some groups are offering virtual classes and groups. Call the number listed under the group you are interested in, or if there is a link "Virtual Support," click it to learn more about current offerings.
Alzheimer's Caregivers' Support Group
Third Thursday of each month
A support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and related diseases meets at Beebe's Adult Activities Center - 34382 Carpenter Way, Lewes. Virtual Support.
“Being Young With Cancer” Support Group
Second and fourth Mondays of each month
The group addresses the unique emotional needs of patients ages 30 to 50. The group meets at Tunnell Cancer Center at the Rehoboth Beach Campus on Route 24 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information or to join the group, call Clare Wilson for a pre-meeting interview at (302) 645-3087.
Better Breathers Club
Third Wednesday of each month
A support group for those with pulmonary diseases. Information on pulmonary disease and treatments is presented by respiratory therapists, physicians, dietitians, and pharmacists. Attendees suggest topics to discuss. The group meets in the Lewes Public Library at 2 p.m. For information, contact Kathi Dayton at (302) 645-3298.
Breastfeeding Support Group
First and Third Tuesday of each month
Join other breastfeeding mothers for an informal gathering of emotional support and encouragement. The group is free to join and is led by Beebe's internationally certified lactation consultants. Beebe is the first Baby-Friendly™ Hospital in Delaware. The group meets from 11 a.m. to noon at Beebe's Georgetown Campus, 21635 Biden Ave., Georgetown, in the first floor conference room. Call (302) 645-3577 for more information.
Diabetes Support Group
New Virtual Group- starting Wednesday, Nov. 11
Beebe Diabetes Management offers a Diabetes Support Group the second Wednesday of alternating months. The November meeting will be held virtually using the BlueJeans application; participants may join using a computer, electronic tablet, or telephone. The group meets 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Interested participants may reach our office at 302-645-3121 with questions or e-mail Ken Carson at [email protected] to request an e-mail invitation to join the meeting. The support group is open to anyone interested who is diagnosed with diabetes or who supports someone living with diabetes.
Heart Failure Support Group
Second Thursday of the month
This group is open to anyone who has heart failure and their caregivers. According to the support group founder, cardiovascular medical specialist at Beebe Healthcare, many people find support groups to be useful when coping with the emotional aspects of their condition. The support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Cardiovascular Conference Room at Beebe’s main campus in downtown Lewes. For more information on the group, contact Katelyn Steele, RN, BSN, at 302-645-3100 x5592
Mended Hearts Support Group
Third Wednesday of each month
A heart health support group for those who have heart disease, for those who have had heart related medical procedures (i.e., stents inserted via catherizations) and for those who have had open heart surgery (i.e., bypass surgery, valve replacements and heart transplants). Meetings, which are open to members as well as non-members, include discussion and presentations on heart health related topics for heart patients as well as their family and their caregivers. Meetings are held at 2 p.m. in the McCurry Conference Room at the Medical Arts Building at the Rehoboth Campus on Route 24. For more information, call Joe Prematta at (302) 988-1012 or Joe Venerus at (302) 827-8125.
Ostomy Support Group
Every other month on the Second Wednesday
Beebe Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine offers the Ostomy Support Group in the office, Suite 210, in the Medical Arts Building, Rehoboth Beach Campus. The group meets February, April, June, August, October, and December from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, call our office at (302) 645-3121.
Parkinson Disease Education & Caregiver's Discussions
Fourth Tuesday of each month
This group features discussions on experiences, problem-solving, self-management, resources, and education. The group meets at the Harbour Lights (Lewes) Cheer Center, 34211 Woods Edge Drive from 10 to 11 a.m. Parkinson Disease caregivers and in-home caregivers from agencies are welcome to share and learn. Virtual Support is available via Zoom: Contact Marge Fleming Smith to receive the Zoom link, email [email protected].
Parkinson's Education and Support of Sussex County
First Monday of each month
The Parkinson's Education and Support Group of Sussex County meets the first Monday of each month at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Rehoboth Beach. The exercise class begins at 1 p.m. Formal meeting begins at 2 p.m. Speakers address issues relating to Parkinson's Disease, including aging in place and general interest topics. For more information, contact Patricia Slygh at (410) 322-3000 or email [email protected] or contact Glen Henderson at (301) 704-0466 or email [email protected].
Stroke Support Group - Beebe Partnership with Jefferson Health
NEW - Second Tuesday of each month
Due to COVID-19, the Stroke Support Group will join up with Jefferson's Stroke Support in order to host regular virtual meetings. Jefferson Health Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. via Zoom. First, download the Zoom app to your smartphone or computer. Then sign up for the Jefferson group via facebook.com/farberneuro and look under Upcoming Events. You can also email [email protected] for the information and link to the Zoom meeting. Or, click to register. The Jefferson stroke support group provides a safe space to connect with other stroke survivors and those caring for or living with a person who has experienced a stroke. The group is led by experts from the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience and provides emotional and practical support. Patients, families and friends are all invited to attend free of charge. Each month there will be a brief presentation at the beginning of the meeting that focuses on a topic related to stroke. If you need additional support from Beebe, contact Bobbi Lynn Cole BSN, RN, CCRN-K, Stroke Program Coordinator, at 302-645-3227
This is an exciting time, but you might also feel anxious about the childbirth process. The Beebe Healthcare Women’s Health team is here for you. We want you to have the best birth experience possible, and we also want to provide you the information you need to know before coming to the Medical Center to give birth. Join us for our free childbirth education classes! During your pregnancy, our childbirth education classes for parents will help your prepare for the big day. And, when you come to Beebe to have your baby, you and your healthcare team will work together to create the best birthing experience for you! What better way is there to welcome your child into the world? Classes are offered the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register for a class, for more information, or to set up a tour of Women's Health, call (302) 645-3726. Learn more about Beebe's Women's Health Services.
The Women’s Health Breastfeeding Class is for expectant mothers. This class explains the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, the importance of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact with newborns. Beebe’s Lactation Consultant Nancy Hastings, RN, IBCLC, gives tips on breastfeeding on cue, sleepless nights, signs of a good latch, adequate intake, and not overthinking it. Topics also include safe sleep environments for babies, colostrum collection for diabetic moms, and normal newborn behaviors. There is no charge for the class, but participants must register by calling (302) 645-3726. Learn more about Beebe's Women's Health Services.
Beebe offers CPR, ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), and PALS (pediatric advanced life support) classes. For further information and to sign up, please call the Education Department at (302) 645-3248.
Beebe Diabetes Management offers educational and management services for people with diabetes. Diabetes educational programs are offered three times each month for persons newly diagnosed and those who need a refresher course for managing their disease. A diabetes self-management education series is presented at various days and times on a rotating basis. Individual sessions are available for specific needs. A new insulin pump education program designed to help people with diabetes better manage their disease also is available. For information, call (302) 645-3121. Download Diabetes Class & Group Support Information (PDF). Learn more about Diabetes Management & Medical Nutrition Therapy.