The west side of Lions Gate Hospital’s sixth floor cares for people recovering from orthopedic surgery. Part of the healing process for patients involves regaining mobility in order to safely return home.
Two staff members, nurse clinician/educator Jayne Lehn and patient care coordinator Nicole LeSage, noticed the 6West patient lounge had become a little shabby and was not particularly inviting or cozy for patients and families. “It was pretty grim,” said Nicole. “There was one couch that was being held together with tape, and with fewer people using the room, it was starting to become an unofficial storage area.”
Knowing the importance of environment on healing and wellness, and wanting to have a space that would motivate patients to get up from bed and leave their rooms, Nicole and Jayne were inspired to take action. They applied for and received a grant from the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle to make the room a welcoming space that people would want to spend time in.
With $5,000 in grant money, they purchased new furniture and decor for the lounge and adjoining patio. “We did a lot of the work on our lunch breaks and my husband and I came in one Saturday to build the furniture,” says Jayne. TELUS provided a new television as part of the current upgrade at LGH, and LGH maintenance supplied a fresh coat of paint and installed new flooring.
“As soon as we opened the new room, patients immediately started coming in and using the space,” added Jayne. “It’s especially important to get ortho patients up and moving around, and it’s so great to see them wanting to come down here and spend time in the lounge.”
“We’re so pleased everyone is enjoying the new space,” says Nicole. “And we are so grateful to the Women’s Giving Circle for supporting us in this project and helping us make the care experience even better for patients.”