Singapore has numerous support and care groups for cancer patients.
• Family/couple/marital relationships• Emotional/behavioural difficulties• Anxiety over illness/treatment• Loss/grief and bereavement issues
• Discharge and continuing care of patients• Home care• Special education/training/rehabilitation• Work adjustments
• Assistance with payment of hospital treatment charges• Subsidised treatment scheme assessment • Short-term financial support to patients• Assistance with purchases of equipment, such as prosthesis/appliances, and treatment aids
Developmental and therapeutic group work programmes are designed to:1. Build awareness of significant events and their impact on coping2. Create awareness and recognition of one’s choices in coping3. Build internal resources in coping4. Promote congruency within oneself
This three-day residential programme aims to help patients and their caregivers cope with the different aspects of cancer by increasing their knowledge, positive attitudes and skills. The retreat, conducted in both English and Mandarin, is usually held twice a year in March and September during the school holidays.
The STEER Programme is a community-based psychosocial, education programme that also serves as the extension of the EnReach Retreat where former participants from the retreats can continue to meet up for continuing knowledge and life skills acquisition, and for emotional and social support, through organised activities.
This is an art-making support group open to all cancer patients seen at KKH. It was started in October 2009, facilitated by a psychiatrist with a passion for arts, as a support service under the Department of Psychological Medicine.
The art sessions are held twice a month in the hospital. All the art materials are provided at no cost to the patients. Patients do not need to have any arts background to join the group. The sessions give patients an opportunity to seek mutual support and allow them to de-stress. heART also holds regular exhibitions to showcase members' creations.
Visit the group's website at
www.kkh.com.sg/heART to view some of the artworks and some of the group's past activities.
Tel: 65 6394 2205
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