Art therapies for hospice patients

Since October 2017, various artists have been joining the Hospice team at the Day Hospice and Day Care to deliver creative session for patients.  Sessions range from creative writing, painting, singing, crafting and hen keeping.

The latest artists to join us is Michael from Equal Arts and he helped showed patients how to create a ‘shallow relief plaster casting’.  This involved some very tactile activities such as rolling out of clay and using lots of different tools and instruments to design a pattern on the clay.  Once the plaster was poured and dried out the following week, patients then painted their casts and took them home.

Karen is 53 and has advanced Motor Neurone Disease.  She attends Day Hospice once a week and her condition means that she can really struggle to even hold a cup.  With help Karen was able to get a glove on and use the instruments to make markings on the clay.

Because this was a very tactile activity Senior Healthcare Assistant, Jan Dunn noted “It was so rewarding for Karen, and myself, to be able to do something, to take part and achieve something and enjoy herself in an activity.  The artists that come in work with patients, alongside our staff and volunteers are vital.  The activities they do enrich the time that patients spend with us and the creative elements are so enjoyable.

The Hospice relies on grants and donations to be able to pay for the artists, if anyone would like to contribute or fundraise for this particular project then please get in touch with Rebecca Jobson on 01429 855581 or email

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