Let’s face it, a trip to the hospital, whether as a patient or a visitor, can sometimes be a stressful and anxiety ridden experience. With all the uncertainties that are present concerning the reason someone is at the hospital in the first place, holding space for and employing a meditation practice can make all the difference.
Dean Olsen for Be Healthy Springfield writes about a new service that is being offered at hospitals both locally and nationally. A program called The CARE Channel brings instrumental meditation music and soothing nature scenes to a patient’s television. The purpose, according to Olsen, is to offer support and promote healing.
CARE, which stands for “Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment,” is provided through a 19-year-old company in Reno, Nev., called Healing Healthcare Systems.
A news release from Memorial said the channel is designed “to enhance and promote healing.”
Susan Mazer, chief executive officer of Healing Healthcare Systems, said Wednesday the channel’s videos of waterfalls, mountain ranges, wildlife and flowers are not repetitive and have original music playing in the background.
“It’s kind of like walking in a garden,” she said.
The channel’s programming changes by the time of the day. It includes sunrise and sunset scenes during the day and starry skies at night, Mazer said.
More than 600 hospitals nationwide pay for the CARE Channel, which Mazer said has unique content designed to promote rest and sleep. Scenes on the channel focus on nature. They contain no people or “artifacts” of civilization such as telephone poles, fences or buildings, she said.
Read more about meditation and The CARE Channel here.