Creative Legacy Program features on TODAY!
Creative Legacy, the award winning arts and health project with Liverpool Hospitals’ Palliative Care service, continues to both evolve and delight. Thanks to grant funding from the 2018 Dry July Foundation, this year the program has trained 12 local professional artists in palliative care in the practice of legacy making with patients and families in palliative care. The program offers connection and joy through conversation and art making. The program was recently featured on channel 9's TODAY show and you can view here.
This year saw 5 new artists on the ward as well as several returning artists from the previously funded 'Reflected Legacy' project. New artists on the ward this year needed to be local and to be able to adapt their own arts practice to the legacy making. The magic of this program, and it does feel like some kind of magic*, is when the legacy artists, nurses, doctors, allied staff, cleaners etc, work together with a patient and family, to provide the wholistic care that can be so meaningful and timely and full of human warmth.
You can read a full article introducing you to some of the new artists and the families that they have supported HERE.
Go Dry this July at Liverpool Cancer Centre
The team at Liverpool Cancer Centre kicked off the month with soft drinks and a BBQ and a great time was had by all! Amongst other things, this year the team are raising funds to continue the survivorship programs within the Cancer Centre. You can donate by clicking on the left or support the Cancer Care team by clicking here.
Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation
We're proud to announce that Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.
The grant will go towards the following:
• Creative Legacy Program to create legacy artworks with patients and families in Palliative Care
• Provision of twenty, smart TV's with free internet access and the ability to access apps such as Netflix (via the patients own account), games and other internet functions
• Supportive Program Manager, responsible for the continuation of programs at the Wellness Centre
Living Wall Art at Liverpool Cancer Treatment Centre
Dry July has provided funding to install light boxes that project scenic images whilst patients are receiving treatment. The patients lay in the “linacs” for up to 20 minutes daily over approximately 6 weeks. The scenic images gives the patient a nice environment to relax and view rather than feeling anxious with nothing to distract them from their treatment. Currently patients look at the white roof.
One patient said, "it’s beautiful, very colourful and fun. Where I was being treated, having these on the ceiling is great and a distraction". Other patients said it brightens up the hallway. The overall feedback from patients and their families/carers has been very positive. Many patients have mentioned how they enjoy seeing the large colourful light boxes and have mentioned that they find it very nice and comforting to have the colourful distraction during treatment.
Streaming Music for Radiation Therapy Patients
Patients attending radiation therapy at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre requested music in the linacs to help ease anxiety and boredom, to help make their treatment a more relaxed experience. Some patients can be in the linac room for up to an hour twice a day.
The Centre purchased iPads and iTunes vouchers to implement this service.