Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bedside Art Benefits Patients, Families, Staff (Video 3:43)

“It makes me feel good as a person," said one elated patient. The arts on many levels have always served as promoters of good health and creative communication. For those who are ill, many benefits include self-expression, tranquility, and more options for improving quality of life. Arts @ the Bedside, an arts program initiated by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care is a great example of the role hospice volunteers can play in facilitating varied arts expressions of home hospice patients. Volunteer training includes six monthly training sessions led by professional artists. Training visits, session reports, and the impact on volunteers are recorded. This program provides beneficial results, not only for volunteers, but also for patients, families and staff.

Art programs serve as sources of well being and healing for non-hospice patients. This video features the Art for Health program at Stanford Hospital. This program helps to lift patients' spirits and alleviate stress and anxiety. The one-on-one bedside sessions are available for free to any patient at the hospital who is interested in participating.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers.

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