ENGLEWOOD — Caregivers at Englewood Community Hospital held a ribbon-cutting celebration for a new space in the facility dedicated to relaxation and renewal.
The purpose of the relaxation room is to provide the hospital’s caregivers with a quiet place to take a moment away from the often-demanding duties for a few minutes of downtime.
Caregivers are encouraged to take a peaceful break in the new room and enjoy massage chairs, salt lamps, soothing images of beaches and reef fish, and lavender-scented towels. The room is spacious enough for three caregivers to relax, calm nerves and de-stress while still honoring social distancing practices.
Registered nurse Donna Shifflett has been with the hospital for 11 years. She reflected upon serving patients during a pandemic.
“It has been a challenge, of course," she said. "We try to encourage and provide insight and support. It is typically a physical job for nurses in general, but this added a whole new layer of emotions. I am thankful that we now have a special place to take a break, have time to sit, not think about anything, and relax our mind, soul and body. It’ll be like plugging in a phone to recharge.”
Caregivers at the hospital will have access to the space for relaxation 24/7.
“We are so grateful for the dedication of our caregivers who make a difference for our patients and we recognize the need for a space where they can go to get away for a moment of peace," said Steve Young, CEO. "This is one small way we can show our appreciation and support for our team.”