Cancer Care Centre… Find your place of comfort
Going through cancer is a personal experience and it is important to find the resources,facilities and approach that feels right for you… We strongly encourage everyone to find what what works for them and the Cancer Care Centre shares the same approach… The Cancer Care Centre brings complementary care and services and experiences to support people with their care around health and wellbeing. Their empowering mission is reflected in their policies, approach and the environment that has been created.
The Cancer Care Centre was a place both Claudine and I visited during our time with cancer and we share fond memories of the comfort it brought… It was lovely talking with Jane Horton (the current manager at the centre) who shared more about what is offered.
Established in 1985, it is a supportive haven for people travelling the cancer journey. It is a community based, not for-profit organisation based in Unley, South Australia.
The Centre offers complementary care to support cancer patients and their families. Complementary care embraces a wide range of holistic health services used together with conventional medicine, which enhance well-being on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.
It was great to hear that the Centre is staffed by trained support workers and therapy practitioners. All their practitioners are very experienced in treating people with cancer and are fully qualified. Many of their staff have experienced cancer personally or supported relatives who have been affected by cancer. What we love and I’m sure those who attend would too, is the warm and welcoming environment, away from the clinical atmosphere of hospitals or treatment clinics.
Thank you again Jane for our great conversation in the quaint library located in the beautiful old building!! And sharing with the Real Time Enhancement community some valuable key and helpful things to look for when seeking a support facility during a time with cancer.
|Your Name||Jane Horton|
|City of Residence||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Occupation or Experience||Manager, Cancer Care Centre|
What is the key vision and mission of the Cancer Care Centre?
To provide complementary care and support to those people suffering cancer and their family members.
How does the Centre bring this vision to life with what it offers and how it works?
We offer oncology and lymphatic massage, acupuncture, professional counselling, support groups, informative talks, courses on health, meditation, yoga, art therapy, a library that stocks the latest books on cancer, and organic gardening and juicing courses.
Who do you find the Centre best services?
Those people dealing with cancer and their family members, and carers.
In what ways can people make contact with or become involved in the Centre?
They contact us through our website, ring the centre and speak with one of our support workers or come into the centre and speak one to one with a support worker.
What do you find are the key elements to creating the environment you have achieved?
The Centre is located in a beautiful old cottage that backs onto the Village Green in Unley. It is a warm and inviting place to come. Unlike the clinical atmosphere of a hospital, it is a place of quiet, calm and support. No overhead fluoro lights but candles, soft music, and natural light.
If someone is looking for a facility or service to support them through their personal cancer experience, what suggestions do you have to assist them in selecting what is right for them?
We offer a free ‘Pathways’ appointment where someone can come into the Centre and have a confidential appointment with one of our support workers. In a caring and supportive environment, one of our Support Workers will meet with the person and listen to their story. Telling their story is an opportunity to spend time with someone who cares, in a private, quiet environment to explore and prioritize goals, needs, and devise a healing plan appropriate to them and their personal cancer journey. A Pathways appointment is also available to carers of someone with cancer. The Support Worker will explore how the carer can be of support to that person, while at the same time taking care of themselves.