Comfort Cart at Adirondack Health lifts spirits and adds personal touch during recovery
SARANAC LAKE – Patient stays at Adirondack Health are a bit brighter thanks to a mobile comfort cart featuring complimentary items to lift spirits and pass the time during recovery.
“While there is a variety of items that include something for everyone on the comfort cart, the social interaction and human connection that takes place during a bedside visit is equally important to the healing process,” said Linda McClarigan, Chief Nursing Officer at Adirondack Health.
For some, a hospital stay can create anxiety or discomfort. Activities such as a visit from the comfort cart have shown to lower anxiety levels and promote healing among patients.
Developed by nursing staff and managed by volunteers at Adirondack Medical Center, the cart is stocked with books, magazines, games, word puzzles, ear plugs, aromatherapy items and sleep masks in addition to lotions, toiletries and other comforts of home. Patients can also request a white noise machine to help relax. In addition to enjoying the comfort cart items, patients have noted the visit from a volunteer helps them feel more relaxed and in better spirits.
The comfort cart was made possible through the generous support of The Adirondack Health Foundation, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, Saranac Lake Rotary Club and students at Paul Smith’s College. For those who would like to help, there is an ongoing need for current issues of gently used magazines and books as well as new Sudoku and puzzle books. Contributions can be left with a Front Desk Volunteer in the Main Lobby at Adirondack Medical Center.
CAPTION: Adirondack Health Volunteers Dolores Commo and Nancy Duncan display some of the many items they offer to patients from the comfort cart at Adirondack Medical Center.