A clean, quiet and restful shared room environment is very important for healing and recovery. Here are some suggestions to help maintain a shared room environment that promotes healing and recovery.
- Use frequent hand washing to stop the spread of germs.
- Keep the bathroom neat and clean for the next person. Have visitors use public restroom facilities.
- Keep noise levels low.
- Speak softly.
- If you have a cell phone in the room, put it on vibrate or silent.
- If you listen to music, use headphones.
- Between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. use headphones when watching TV.
- Dim room lighting by 9 p.m.
- Do not discuss with others the condition, illness or treatment of the patient(s) with whom you share the room or any conversations which you might have overheard.
- Limit the number of visitors at any one time and encourage your visitors to help maintain a restful healing environment.
- Wear clothing which is appropriate to maintain privacy for both you and others.
- Keep your belongings secure and on your side of the room.
- Use only those items which belong to you or are assigned for your use during your hospital stay.
Be respectful of requests made by hospital staff related to the maintenance of a healing environment.
- Keep pathways free of clutter to allow access to each patient and to avoid tripping hazards.
- Be sure that any visiting children are supervised and use quiet voices.
* These suggestions have been prepared by the YNHH Patient and Family Advisory Council, a group of patients and family members who embrace the concepts of patient and family centered care, and strive to be a voice for patients and their family members. This Council works in collaboration with the leadership of Yale New Haven Hospital to promote quality care for all. For information about the PFAC, call 203-688-3299