The primary goal of Shattuck Partners is to support and provide programs that improve the quality of life of patients at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Programs we have supported include:
Weekend poetry, art and songwriting programs engage patients with artists from the community in artist-guided workshops. These workshops can help patients connect with and communicate their own feelings more effectively through the process of creating art and writing poetry, and through expressing themselves in music and song. The poetry, artwork and songs produced offer profound insights into the lives of these women and men who face so many challenges. Patients can experience better therapeutic outcomes when they are able to use their new skills and insights to better communicate with healthcare providers.
Here are three booklets showcasing some of the art and poetry from our programs:
The hospital’s onsite gift shop is a program of Shattuck Partners and serves as an important vocational rehabilitation site for patients of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. The shop is a convenient place to pick up gifts or snacks and is frequented by patients, visitors, and hospital staff. Patients working in the gift shop receive real-world business experience and learn essential job skills with the help of a vocational coach.
Shattuck Partners installed televisions on inpatient units and subsidizes expanded channels and Netflix availability. The opportunity to watch TV or to view a movie, a simple pleasure often taken for granted, is quite meaningful for those patients who are largely confined to the medical or mental health units. Shattuck Partners also hosts movie nights featuring current films and movie style refreshments, and a regular coffee house program with open mic opportunities. Social events like these, held in a common area in the hospital, offer patients a healthy way to spend time with others and a chance to practice life skills that will be helpful as they transition back to the community.
Shattuck Partners supports programs that enhance and supplement the efforts of hospital staff to treat a challenging array of mental and physical health issues.
One ongoing program we support is a sensory modulation program which uses sensory equipment and supplies to engage patients on the mental health units in sensory modulation techniques for self-care, which is another way of saying the program helps patients to better cope with stress and to calm and soothe themselves. Sensory modulation is particularly important for patients whose mental health challenges can lead to impaired self-control and emotional stability.
Another ongoing program provides supplemental items and services to the hospital’s tuberculosis unit to support patients being treated for TB. Items provided are intended to help both inpatients and outpatients being treated for TB to become healthier and more receptive to treatment, and to stick to their medications and attend medical appointments. In addition to other medical and psychosocial issues that can affect TB treatment adherence, many of these patients struggle with substance abuse, homelessness, and dysfunctional family or social connections. They are a complex, culturally diverse, multi-ethnic, and multilingual group, and usually have limited incomes or are below the poverty level. Items or services that address some of these complexities and challenges help staff and patients work together toward successful TB treatment.
Shattuck Partners has expanded their support for patients on the public health units, funding supplies and enablers that facilitate and encourage patient participation in enrichment and recreational activities. These on-unit activities offer a safe environment, a positive way to pass the time, and exposure to psychoeducational, therapeutic and social groups. Through activities like these, patients can learn about their medical conditions and personal challenges, and develop new skills they can take with them back to the community.