Art Therapy - HEaling ART (HEART) Programme
by Palliative Medicine
Our Campaign Storyends 20 Apr 2018, 11:59 PM
HEaling ART (HEART) Programme by TTSH Palliative Medicine Department aims to help palliative care patients open up through art and lift their spirits in their last days.
Palliative care patients suffer from life-limiting illnesses such as cancer or end stage organ failure. These patients are often depressed and have difficulty opening up, becoming withdrawn and quiet. Although these patients receive treatment for their physical pain and discomfort, holistic palliative care is incomplete without tending to their psycho-emotional needs.
The department introduced a trial of Art Therapy in the Palliative Care Ward in mid-2015. Through the programme, patients gradually became more positive and more responsive to their families and the palliative care team. Studies have also shown that Art Therapy had helped to reduce signs of depression and stress which are commonly faced by palliative care patients.
"And that is what art is, a form in which people can reflect on who we are as human beings and come to some understanding on this journey we are on"
Your donation will go towards funding a two-year Art Therapy programme - the art materials patients need and tokens to commensurate the therapist.
Any donation, large or small, will make a difference to our patients on their end-of-life journey. On behalf of our patients and their families, we thank you for your kind support!
For any queries, feel free to contact us at 6359 6392 or [email protected]
1844. Merchant Tan Tock Seng, together with a group of friends donated a sum of 7000 Spanish dollars to build the Paupers' Hospital for the poor sick in the community. In keeping with this Legacy of Giving, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) set up the TTSH Community Fund in August 1995 to improve the quality of life of our less fortunate patients.
Today, the Fund runs over 100 patient-centred programs, disbursing more than $2 million each year for its activities. We support over 2,500 needy patient cases, especially the elderly and those who fall between the gaps of the system, and are unable to receive help from traditional charitable agencies. Our charity is unique in that it centres on helping those who cannot or do not receive adequate or timely help in the community.
It provides timely help to needy patients and their families with their out-of-pocket medical expenses, vis a vis, non-standard medication, costly breathing equipment so that patients can go home, mobility aids, nutrition and home-based community rehabilitation programmes and many other areas of needs.
Please visit www.ttsh.com.sg/ttshcf/ for more information.