[Photo Courtesy of The Times Daily/Matt McKean]
The Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary and the Helping Hands Foundation recently launched ‘Pajamas for Patients’. The program is designed to provide comfort and dignity for our adult patients who find themselves unexpectedly admitted to the hospital or without the resources for sleepwear.
“During an emergency or an extended hospital stay, pajamas are not the first thing that may come to mind. People are focused on getting well, however having something to sleep in, besides a hospital gown, can help people feel more comfortable,” said Amy Stanfield, ECM Volunteer Services manager. “The patients can take the pajamas with them when they are discharged, and often times the patients wear the pajamas home, because it’s the only possessions they have, while at the hospital.”
After an initial donation by Helping Hands, the supply of pajamas is low. The Volunteer Auxiliary is asking for donations from members of the community to replenish the supply. Since the start of the program in October 2016, nearly 120 sets of pajamas have been given to patients. Pajama sets can be dropped off at the ECM Patient Information Desk in the lobby.
“Right now we have just two sets of pajamas left. We don’t want to run out because our nurses have come to rely on this program for their patients. When they notice a need, they let our department know,” said Stanfield.
Donations should be new pajamas. The Volunteer Auxiliary will accept all sizes for men and women or monetary donations. Pajama tops and bottoms or sweat outfits are recommended. If you would like to make a donation, please drop off items at the Patient Information desk in the front lobby.