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The LivingRoom @ Home is a Telehealth and online program to care for you at home during social distancing and will continue as lockdown eases and some face-to-face services gradually return.

Our multidisciplinary team works together to ensure you get the best supportive care program to meet your needs. It is important to care for your body and mind as you are going through treatment for cancer. We have designed a program to keep you well at home during your cancer treatment and recovery. Here are some ways we can help:

  • Pause @ Four daily mindfulness.
  • 1-on-1 holistic medical consultation (requires a referral from your doctor).
  • Group yoga and exercise physiology classes held via Zoom. A 1-on-1 exercise assessment is recommended for all patients prior to joining a class. Medicare rebate/bulk billing available.
  • 1-on-1 Telehealth sessions with our yoga, acupuncture, reflexology and mindfulness practitioners, our exercise physiologists and our lymphoedema specialists.
  • Instructional videos to help you live well with cancer.
  • Living with lung cancer support group help via Zoom.

In some cases, you will be able to receive a Medicare or health fund rebate for these sessions. Ask your practitioner or email livingroom@lh.org.au.

Our services

Holistic medical consultation

A holistic medical consultation provides a comprehensive review of your symptoms and gives you recommendations to control them. These may cover changes to lifestyle and diet and the safe use of herbs and supplements. We will develop a personalised, comprehensive care program to keep you living well during and after cancer.

You will need a referral from your doctor. To book an appointment, complete this online form or email livingroom@lh.org.au.

Exercise

Being confined to your home may mean that you will find it hard to stay active and maintain exercise habits. After surgery, it is important to move to counteract de-conditioning and support healing. Exercise medicine will help to improve fatigue, sleep, neuropathy, cognitive fog and wellbeing during and after therapy. Good exercise supports your immune system and enhances your recovery.

If you are new to our service, a 1-on-1 Telehealth consultation with our Exercise Physiologists is recommended. You will be asked about your medical and exercise history and the impact that your illness and treatment are having on you. This will be followed by a physical assessment which may include strength or balance testing, some questions around quality of life or any issues with fatigue. We will help you set goals, discuss barriers to exercise and develop an action plan that is right for you. Medicare offers rebates for this service, as do some private health insurers. Exercise is medicine but you need the right type and the right dose.

Check the calendar for group Zoom classes or request a 1-on-1 Telehealth consultation by completing this online form.

Yoga

Caring for your mind and body during cancer is important to your recovery. At times of stress you may find this far more challenging. This is where yoga can really help. You don’t need to be flexible: it’s simple and can be adapted to each person’s ability and treatment. Yoga has been shown to significantly improve fatigue, stress and sleep in cancer patients during and after therapy. Yoga can also be helpful for lymphoedema management.

Check the calendar for group Zoom classes or request a 1-on-1 Telehealth consultation by completing this online form.

Lymphoedema massage

Lymphoedema is a common side effect of surgery and cancer treatment, particularly for patients with breast cancer, head and neck cancer or diseases affecting the pelvis. During these days of social distancing, self-massage techniques coupled with education and exercises are proven ways to help manage lymphoedema.

Request a 1-on-1 Telehealth consultation by completing this online form.

Mindfulness meditation

It is important to reduce stress, reduce anxiety and improve sleep during and after cancer. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be simple and profoundly helpful. It is easy to follow along to a daily practice and our practitioners will also train you to develop your own personal practice.

Check the calendar for group Zoom classes or request a 1-on-1 Telehealth consultation by completing this online form.

Pause @ Four

Every day a member of our supportive care team will lead you in a live, guided mindfulness session designed to meet the challenges of our current situation. Join us as we connect to learn and find relief through shared mindful practice.

Our practitioners each bring a different approach. Margie Hellman will help you find more ease in your body, along with clarity of mind and gratitude. Chris Dickson will focus on calming practices to help you with troubling thoughts, body sensations and emotions. Michael Dash will help you find connection and calm, especially at this time of isolation and Sherre DeLys will train you in mindful self care and social care as a refuge in uncertain times.

Join this 10-minute session every day at 4pm via Zoom.

Touch therapies and acupressure

Acupressure is effective at reducing stress and anxiety and can help patients experiencing fatigue and nausea from chemotherapy.

In a 30 minute 1-on-1 Telehealth consultation, you can expect:

  • A supportive consultation exploring your current symptom management needs
  • Interactive education on acupressure points including real-time assessment, how to locate the acupressure points correctly and a personalised treatment plan that covers which points to use, when to use them and what the dosage should be.
  • The first 100 patients to sign up will receive a free set of gold press balls with individualised instructions for acupressure use at home.

Request a 1-on-1 Telehealth consultation by completing this online form.

Psychologist

Living with cancer involves a range of emotional, social and psychological changes. Our psych-oncology service provides a range of counselling and therapeutic support services to help patients, carers and their families who are having difficulties associated with a cancer diagnosis, treatment, survivorship or palliative care.

Book a 1-on-1 Telehealth consultation by calling (02) 8514 0038 or emailing livingroom@lh.org.au.

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men and teens participate in practical workshop demonstrations covering skin care, make-up and head wear, leaving them empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence. Look Good Feel Better has developed a online workshops for skincare, makeup, wigs and headware.

Find out more and register here.

Webinars and podcasts

The LivingRoom team are here to guide and support you in developing strategies to manage your cancer, and this now includes live webinars and podcasts as we adapt to social distancing practices.

The topics and speakers will vary so be sure to check the calendar regularly for details. Topics may include exercise, lifestyle changes and cancer, resilience and self-care, managing lymphoedema, medicinal cannabis and cancer, acupuncture and more.  You can view the webinars here on our Youtube channel.

Listen to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer specialists on these informative podcast episodes:

  • Dr Judith Lacey has spoken on the ‘Integrative Oncology Talk’ podcast about her supportive care toolkit, listen here. Dr Lacey also appeared on the Cancer Council’s ‘The Thing About Advanced Cancer’ podcast on how to stay physically and emotionally well and maximise quality of life when living with advanced cancer.
  • Dr Toni Lindsay also spoke with the Cancer Council about caring for someone living with advanced cancer.
  • Medical Oncologist Dr Steven Kao discussed the limitations and potential of some promising new cancer treatments on ‘The Thing about Cancer.’
  • Oncology specialist dietitian Merran Findlay shared her knowledge on challenges with appetite loss and nausea that many cancer patients experience. Listen here.

Things you can do at home

Our practitioners have created a series of short activities you can do at home to keep you well in mind and body. Follow our gentle yoga practices and breathing exercises, get moving in our light workouts or perform simple self-care reflexology and massage techniques to keep you living well with cancer.

Yoga

Our practitioners have made a series of gentle yoga exercises that can be easily performed sitting, standing or even in bed.

Exercise Physiology

These short exercises are easy to do at home and will help you stay active and improve muscle strength and mood.

Lymphoedema

These self-massage techniques will help you with swelling caused by lymphoedema and are easy to do.

Reflexology

Give yourself a reflexology foot treatment to help you relax. It takes focus away from your head and down to your feet!

Instructional videos

Here’s a selection of videos created by our LivingRoom team for you to follow along with at home. These short exercises and practices will help to keep you well in body and mind. View the full range on our Youtube Channel.

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