To support front-line workers emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually during the recent COVID surge, Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup took its existing comfort therapies program which traditionally relieved suffering for patients in the Palliative Care Unit and used similar tactics to help staff.
“When I was rounding on patients, I was listening to the harpist, and it’s just the most soothing atmosphere,” Kristi Hartway, chief nurse executive at Good Samaritan said in a press release. “We now have the harpist coming into all the COVID-19 units and that’s music therapy for staff that provides a calming presence amid the chaos.”
Along with this type of therapy, the program offers massage therapy and other forms of touch therapy. Staff can sign up for a 15 minute massage. “We’re getting phenomenal feedback. If we can even reach one staff member, it makes a difference,” Hartway said in the release.
Hartway’s vision for comfort therapies also includes invigorating the sense of smell with aromatherapies and having dedicated serenity rooms within the hospital. These spaces would allow individuals to take a few minutes and regroup in surroundings that inspire stress relief and relaxation.