Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to participate in some special activities at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital. Caregivers from the inpatient hospital created a truly unique patient experience. A family-style lunch was served for caregivers, patients and their families, with comforting and familiar picnic foods like hamburgers and hot dogs.
You’d be surprised what a relaxing environment is created just by changing the lunch routine! Serving family style, and eating together really created a “home-like” feel. I saw parents, children, friends, brothers and sisters all eating together like Mom’s Sunday dinner. Later in the day, an ice cream social was offered in the Serenity Garden. Nothing reminds us of good old-fashioned, lazy-days-of-summer like ice cream and toppings. Acoustic guitar music was provided by Stuie & Friends while we enjoyed our sundaes.
It felt like a family day at the park. The peaceful garden setting and inspiring music provided a nurturing, healing patient experience I will remember. I feel lucky to have participated in these events, and thank our caregivers and patients for sharing this day with me.
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital offers an ideal setting for individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems. Located on a beautiful, 30-acre wooded campus in Wauwatosa, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital has been a leader in behavioral health care since 1884. Visit our website to learn more about our services.
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