In response to the Covid19 pandemic and the increase in demands for the service across the country, Purple House Cancer Support has developed a range of online Cancer Support Services that are now available to Cancer patients and their families across Ireland.
The online services mean that patients can receive support and attend classes and support groups from their hospital bed or from the comfort of their own home.
The support services on offer include telephone and video counselling, online Cancer Support groups, classes in relaxation, creative writing, and ukulele lessons.
Children living with cancer will also be supported through online art therapy classes on zoom.
Before each class, each child is posted an activity pack, which they will make during the class.
These services help children to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis and learn skills to cope with their feelings and emotions, while also interacting with other children in the same situation.
Speaking about the new Nationwide online services, Conor O’Leary says
‘Covid19 has forced us to look at how we provide our Cancer Support Services. Social distancing measures have created an opportunity for us to reach more people by providing a range of services online. A physical room can only hold so many people, but by using technology like Zoom we can have hundreds of people attend the same class anywhere in Ireland or around the world at no extra cost.
There will always be a need for physical face to face support services, but until restrictions are lifted, we must ensure that Cancer patients are supported at all times’
During Covid19 PH have been supporting cancer patients in the following ways:
- Telephone Counselling by our team of Accredited Counsellors & Psychotherapists
- Hospital Transport for chemotherapy and radiotherapy – to ensure that patients still attend their appointments.
- The Provision of Food Hampers for patients who are isolating. To limit patients visiting supermarkets.
- Wide range of Classes, Cancer Support Groups and Survivorship Programmes Remotely held on Zoom
- Our Telephone support line to ensure families living with Cancer are supported during this worrying time.
While we are aware that there are a number of cancer patients whereby telephone and virtual counselling may not suit, we will endeavour to meet their needs in whatever way is possible to alleviate any stress or anxiety during a difficult time in their lives.
Purple House’s new flagship Cancer Support Centre at 2 Duncairn Tce in Bray Co. Wicklow will be fitted out with the latest technology to allow cancer patients to access classes and support services from anywhere in Ireland and further afield.
For more information contact Purple House on 012866966 or visit www.purplehouse.ie