a wellness area for chemotherapy patients

The Montpellier University Hospital and the Les Bonnes Fées association inaugurated the fourth Maison des Bonnes Fées on October 18. Located in a medical oncology day hospital, this place will be fully funded by the association and dedicated to supportive care, called socio-aesthetic. It will allow CHU patients undergoing care to benefit from advice, care and attentive listening thanks to Jennifer, the socio-esthetician recruited for this particular place.

Inauguration of La Maison des Bonnes Fées at the Montpellier University Hospital: a well-being space for chemotherapy patients

In certain pathologies, such as cancer, the treatments and the disease alter the physical aspect, the social life and upset the family. Thus, regaining self-esteem, one’s identity, putting illness on hold, feeling appeased, for a moment, this is the objective of the “Maison des Bonnes Fées”, located in a day hospital. from the Department of Medical Oncology at Saint-Eloi Hospital. This project, initiated by the association “Les Bonnes Fées”, began at the end of 2019 alongside the CHU teams. During a visit by the association to the oncology department, the Bonnes Fées wanted to invest more by starting discussions around the creation of a “Maison des Bonnes Fées”. Work carried out jointly with the Montpellier University Hospital followed: search for a room dedicated to this project, launch of the work, layout, decoration … It is in 2020 that the work begins. Gradually the House takes shape, with the help of Natacha Schmitt, interior designer of the association, although the health crisis has delayed its establishment. However, the will of the healthcare team to be present with the sick beyond the care being stronger than anything, today, it is with pride that she can announce the opening of this warm and soothing space. .

A Maison des Bonnes Fées: comfort for cancer patients

The idea of ​​installing a “House of Good Fairies” within the medical oncology service to offer a dedicated and friendly space where patients could find advice, care, comfort and collective workshops seems essential to improve care for people with cancer. Also, in order to satisfy patients and caregivers, an appropriate space has been sought which is central to the activity, large enough to accommodate professionals and associations, offering patients cocooning and comfort.

Individualized and personalized care

Jennifer, socio-esthetician joined the team last March and is already starting to bring well-being to patients. Initially, collective workshops or individual socio-aesthetic sessions will be offered free of charge to patients undergoing care at the Montpellier University Hospital. Ultimately, other activities may be offered for the well-being of patients such as meditation, scarf-tying workshops, etc.

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Created in 2015, Les Bonnes Fées, a non-profit general interest association, mainly aims to intervene around the cause of women to improve their living conditions with several types of awareness actions. Among them, Among them, an action dedicated to mothers in difficulty with the setting of the Fairies. This box is distributed in maternity wards and is made up of basic necessities for newborns. At the same time, they work with women suffering from cancer, by opening Maisons des Bonnes Fées. These are spaces fully funded by the association, where many complementary therapies are provided, such as socio-aesthetic workshops. To date, 4 Maisons des Bonnes Fées are open in France: at the Lorraine cancer institute, in Nancy (2017), at the Léon Bérard center in Lyon (2019), at the Oscar Lambret Center in Lille (2020) – where a specific House has been created, it is entirely dedicated to tattooing the mammary areola, and finally to the Montpellier University Hospital.

Beyond fundraising, the association aims to educate the general public about mutual aid, by adopting a lifestyle based on generosity, respect and listening to others.

These moments allow you to regain self-confidence to better accept your image often altered by the disease and continue the fight.