The virtues of art as therapy
Suzie, 49, has been drawn to arts and crafts since she was a child — it’s always been close to her heart. She’d spend her days making dolls clothes, Christmas decorations, and drawing alongside her sisters. After high school, Suzie took a pottery course and fell in love with ceramics and, later, mosaics.
Living with a disability at home with her family, Suzie uses a wheelchair to get around. Four years ago, Suzie met Carolyn, an art therapist and occupational therapist who is using art as part of Suzie’s program.
“When I do arts and crafts, it takes me to a happy place. I feel calm and relaxed,” said Suzie.
“It helps me to focus and forget about the hard things in my life — like pain, or worrying about my health. This year, when I was in hospital, I couldn't wait to come home and get back to my art days with Carolyn.”
At-home care supports for Suzie
Suzie came to Absolute Care & Health via the NDIS, who introduced her to her carer, Rakhi. It was the first time Suzie’s family used a personal carer, Suzie’s sister, Felicity, explained.
“It was a big thing for us, introducing a stranger into our family home. It was important for Rakhi to connect with Suzie, but also for us to build a relationship with her. Rakhi has become a great support to everyone in the family,” Felicity said.
Rakhi is also tapping into Suzie’s creativity and passion for creating art.
“Rakhi and I do lots of different things when she comes once a week. We make and create things together, stitch blankets, knit, make felt projects, and we also do some household things. I really like her company,” said Suzie.
“I know I can rely on Rakhi to support my art — she helps get tools for me while I'm working on a project.”
Inspiring Art exhibition
Earlier this year, Absolute Care & Health hosted Inspiring Art, an exhibition featuring the work of some of its clients; artists who have experienced illness, disability, injury or other major life events. The event was an opportunity to showcase Suzie and other clients’ artwork and shine a light on the value of art therapy.
“I invited Rakhi to my art show and she came — I just loved that she was there for me. I felt so proud and special,” said Suzie.
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