The bike allows patients to maintain a degree of fitness and prevents de-conditioning, they often sit on the bike waving and as some of the patients have said “keeping an eye on me “as it sits outside my office. The bikes are available to all the single rooms and on the floor above sits in the corridor, the table top exercycle is available for use in the family room and can be used by patients & family, often used during the boredom busters session that now occurs each Friday on the unit.
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Dry July 2020 is proudly supporting :
* Look Good Feel Better - workshops for those with appearance related side-effects of cancer.
* Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ - rollout of Prost-fit program for men affected by prostate cancer.
* Bowel Cancer NZ - telephone support from a specialist bowel cancer nurse.
See below stories of how these organisations will utilise the funds raised to help those affected by cancer.
Look Good Feel Better expands from Dry July funding
We have 10 new classes already underway, or coming up, all thanks to the support of Dry July funding.
The most recent is the running of our very first Saturday class in Christchurch.
Ten women, two who had been waiting since October 2016 for the opportunity to attend a class, attended. The women had a wonderful day and took home the many tips and tricks to help them face their cancer with more confidence.
We were able to recruit and train new volunteers who were completely new to LGFBNZ and who will now be able to support the four new classes planned in Christchurch over the coming months. The feedback from the cancer patients and new volunteers was overwhelming. It really highlighted the need for the Saturday classes in the area. The smiles and sense of community that Dry July made possible was just so special.
The Dry July support will also help LGFB reach cancer patients in Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga, Wellington, Westport and Kerikeri over the next few months.
Dry July funds additional 3 humidifiers for radiation therapy patients
Kitchen renovations underway at Southern District Health Board Dunedin
Southern District Health Board are putting funds from a Dry July grant towards 'Operation: Project Comfort'.
This includes a new in-patient ward kitchen, free standing information carousal in out-patients ward to hold survivorship, wellbeing, and other helpful information, treatment chairs for in-patient area, couches in radiation out-patient area and iPads in the oncology/haematology day unit and clinics to help with patient education.
Work has begun on the in-patient kitchen (pictured) with the existing area being made ready for installation. This will include proper shelving and cupboards as well as a dishwasher and bright and lively paint work. Watch this space! We will post updates as they happen.
Nelson Tasman Hospice -Patient comfort equipment
Dry July funds have provided equipment to assist patient comfort at Nelson Tasman Hospice. The purchases included an Electric Lifter Chair for use in the in-patient unit and two oxygen concentrator units to go out to the community.
The oxygen concentrators are compact units used to deliver oxygen to those who require it. Whereas a tank has a set amount of oxygen that it dispenses, a concentrator filters in air, compresses it, and delivers air continuously. The air supply will never run out.
This allows patients to breathe easier and sleep better as they are not fighting for every breath. While symptoms such as shortness of breath are being effectively managed in patient's home, they can remain in their homes for longer, often right through to end of life, if that is their wish.