Delivering Art at the Bedside during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 31, 2020 | Sarah Mensink | @samensink


On March 30, 2020 the Lavins Center’s Art at the Bedside program delivered 110 art kits to Mayo Clinic hospital patients.  In lieu of person-to-person bedside visits, employee and artist Jennalee Whiting designed and assembled the kits and delivered them to Antepartum, Hematology/Oncology, and Hospice/Palliative units.

Hospice social worker Casey L. Smith shared “We are handing them out to palliative care patients to enhance overall coping and to provide distraction during their hospital stay. Many do not have visitors right now.  Our chaplain witnessed a young woman “light up” this morning when she received one.”

Kits included:  Clay, Embroidery, Painting, Message in a Bottle, Pre-cut Felt, and (for Antepartum only) Baby Onesie, Wood Block

art kit

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