Beating blood cancers at home: how to keep nasties at bay

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Patients diagnosed with blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myelomawho live in regional, rural or remote areas of Queensland, often have to travel to Brisbane or Townsville with their carer, family or loved ones at short notice to begin medical treatment.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland offers accommodation services to help relieve the stress and financial burden of seeking accommodation that is close to treatment hospitals.

But what goes into making a happy, comfortable and safe home for a patient and their families?

Furnishing and outfitting our accommodation units isn’t as simple as just selecting what looks good – or what the cheapest option may be!

Since blood cancer patients can be at an increased risk of infection during and after treatment, it’s essential that accommodation units are as sanitary as possible. By using particular materials and coverings in our units, we can limit the amount of germs that are transferred between patients and their families.

Materials like vinyl and tile are a hygienic and easy-clean flooring option. Since vinyl flooring is very water resistant and has few seams, there are fewer places for bacteria to hide in and grow. It’s also a durable and resilient material – so it’s more than equipped to handle the hundreds of residents who stay in our villages yearly. It’s also quieter than other surfaces and so limits patient disturbance.

Tile is similarly excellent for moisture resistance, and is durable and very easy to clean and keep sanitary.

It’s not just the floors that utilise practical, easy-to-clean materials. Each unit is outfitted with furniture that carefully considers the needs of our residents. Furniture is comfortable but hard-wearing, made of non-porous materials that can be easily wiped down and cleaned thoroughly. Even curtains are selected based on their fabric, so that dust and dirt build up can be minimised.

All of these measures ensure that our cleaning teams are able to efficiently and effectively prepare our units for its next occupants – ensuring no hidden nasties are left behind.

You can help furnish a unit and create a home-away-from-home for blood cancer patients undergoing treatment by donating to our Project:home appeal.


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We need your help to raise $281,400 to furnish 14 new units and create a home-away-from-home for patients and their families.

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