I was thinking more about the hospital today. There was no music. There were TV channels in general, a CNN channel, local news, and the hospital had a live feed of the chapel on a channel. But no music.
I think it could be tremendously soothing and healing to have a way to get music to patients. "Their" kind of music-a few channels of the TV with different choices, soft, classical, classic rock, lite. OK, even if it was for the visitors, it would be nice to fill in the spaces of silence.
One of my piano moms works in the neo-natal Intensive Care Unit. She said they play music in there periodically and the babies all settle down, the monitors go off less, and some of the nurses sing quietly, which soothes the babies even more, she thought.
When I was in the hospital in 1996, we brought along a CD player/radio. It was wonderful. I'm thinking of packing one for next week when I sit with Mom. My list also includes a book, chapstick, and bottled water so far. Any other 'necessities?'
Did/Does your hospital have music?