Stay in touch with caregivers, staff and support groups via video conference, YouTube and more.
For over two decades, Candy’s Place Cancer & Wellness Center in Forty Fort has offered a supportive, relaxing and welcoming environment to clients, their families and loved ones. In that time, staff, volunteers, caregivers, community partners and clients have made memories, celebrated milestones and overcome hardships together. And, despite temporarily closing recently due to the COVID-19 crisis, Candy’s Place wants NEPA to know – They’re still here for you.
Expect the same comfort, care and support from a distance.
Currently, temporary shut-down orders and social distancing efforts have made their mission a little more difficult to achieve. For the determined team at Candy’s Place, however, keeping in touch with clients is priority number one. “We want to let everyone know we’re still here for them in any way possible,” said Candy’s Place Director, Lisa Orlandini. The staff is busy checking in via email, phone, and they’re sending special greetings through the mail.
And, for potential clients facing new cancer diagnoses, the phone lines are open. The Candy’s Place team is still available to field messages. They’re returning calls, and getting new clients started on the necessary paperwork for a smooth transition when the center reopens. They’re also connecting new and existing clients with community partners for services and referrals.
“Be mindful of your breath. When moments seem to feel overwhelming almost like they’re overtaking us, just remind yourself that, you have this moment, and, in this moment, you have control over your breath. And just breathe.”
Lisa Orlandini, Director
Look for your favorite Candy’s Place staff and caregivers on the web.
Another way Candy’s Place is reaching out to clients is through their very own YouTube channel.
For a few weeks now, staff, partners, caregivers and practitioners have been uploading helpful videos for clients to view from the comfort and safety of home. Take part in yoga exercises. Practice mindfulness and breathing techniques. And learn the ins and outs of stress and tension relief through reflexology.
The idea, according to Orlandini, was to attempt to deliver a little of what makes Candy’s Place so special directly to client’s homes.
And that’s not all they’re up to. Candy’s Place is also making it easier during these difficult times for existing clients to continue connecting with crucial supportive groups established through the center. The team has begun coordinating video conference meetings for Peer-to-Peer, Grief Support and the Men’s Cancer Support Groups. All meetings are private, protected and can only be accessed through secure email invitation.
You can still help out.
As our community heals, and as our hearts open to new ways of offering help to those in need, Candy’s Place welcomes your thoughtful consideration. Visit their website for more information on upcoming volunteer opportunities and methods for offering financial support. Look ahead to their popular annual walk this fall. And, right now, you can vote for Candy’s Place among the many nonprofit organizations in the Westmoreland Club’s 501cFree Raise to the Finish fundraiser.