Relax, unwind, socialise

Health. Emmerton Park’s first ‘Care Beyond Care’ day last week was a success as people in the community with a ‘progressive’ life limiting illness and their family carers were treated to a day of relaxation and socialisation.

Held at the Respite House in Smithton, participants joined others going through similar experiences in sharing in the day, with support on offer from health professionals.

They also gained an insight of what to look forward to when they return for the next session.

“Our very professional and trained therapists provided reflexology, massage, podiatry, manicures, pedicures, hairdressing and some peaceful harp playing if anyone was interested,” Circular Head care coordinator Kristen Riley said of the day’s program.

“We invite anyone in the community living with a ‘progressive’ life limiting illness and their family carer to join us at any time or any of the sessions for some support, reassurance and the pleasure of some of the complementary therapies offered.”

The next session is scheduled for Thursday February 25 and will also include oncology massage, a mindfulness workshop and art therapy.

Sessions will follow on Thursday March 24, April 28 and May 26.

All sessions are free, and run from 10.30am to 3pm. Day activities include: neck and shoulder massage, art, trim/cut and blowdry with the hairdresser, manicure or pedicure, reflexology, and oncology massage.

To register, phone 6452 9400 for catering purposes.

Picture: Peaceful harp music is among the many activities and workshops on offer for those people in the community living with a ‘progressive’ life limiting illness, as part of Emmerton Park’s new ‘Care Beyond Cure’ program.

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