Healing Hospital: A Daring Paradigm
Addressing or questioning a patients religious preferences was once taboo. We were taught that religion, as what we defined as spirituality, was to be separated from the workplace (Ashcraft, Anthony, & Mancuso, 2010). A healing hospital paradigm focuses on removing stress and other unhealthy risks from the hospital to gain greater recovery and wellness for patients and visitors. It involves healing the patient as a whole; body, mind, spirit and environment, instead of just curing their ailments and diseases with procedures, interventions and medications. A holistic approach to care is vital in order for this model to be effective and successful. Healing hospitals go way beyond just being a building. Its strong culture of love and caring is what sets it apart from traditional hospitals (Chapman, 2010, p. 15).
Components of the healing hospital
There are three components that make up a healing hospital, first is a healing physical environment. This means that the hospital and its surrounding will enhance healing and overall wellbeing of patients. Some studies show that noise, lighting and privacy can greatly affect the way patients respond while hospitalized, all of which are controllable. When planning a healing hospital great thought should be taken when selecting color schemes. Colors can impact people in many ways, influencing mood, emotion, well-being and the flow of ones inner energy. Color is recognized by the subconscious and its interpretation can be very influencing on health and outlook. Green is known to be soothing, bringing peace, hope and comfort, whereas yellow is known to help decrease depression and evoke a lust for life. Environments that may promote healing may include, gardens, religious and spiritual murals, chapels, and meditation rooms. Giving the patient some control of certain aspects of their stay can increase their comfort and decrease stress. This can be done by...