Lengthy hospitalizations can be difficult to tolerate for many cancer patients and caregivers. Structuring free time with arts activities is a way to assist in adjustment to not only hospitalization, but to treatment and diagnosis as well.
People who participate in therapeutic arts activities are shown to significantly lower distress symptoms. Additionally, these activities provide a neutral ground for family members and caregivers to engage with each other.
The cart is stocked with a multitude of supplies and often features a ‘Project of the Day’. Volunteers are encouraged to showcase their talents through this tailored volunteer role.
Units served: Adult Oncology Medical Units 9100 and 9300, and Adult Bone Marrow Transplant 9200. Patients with cancer being treated on other units may also be served on a referral basis.
Application process: An application must first be submitted. A background check is required. Volunteer services requirements, including JCAHO safety training and necessary health/TB screening, must be met.
Commitment: A minimum of six months commitment is required.
Hours: Hours are flexible, but two hours per week minimum is requested.
Physical requirements: Volunteers should have adequate vision, hearing, speech, and mobility to engage with minimal to no difficulty. No lifting over 10 pounds is required.
Dress code: Please dress in clean, neat, and casual clothing. Sleeveless shirts, above the knee shorts, and open-toed shoes are asked to be avoided. Moderate amounts of time are spent on your feet, so comfortable shoes are recommended. Please avoid wearing any perfumes or heavy cologne.
Supervisor: Kristy L. Everette, LRT/CTRS