Healing hospital paradigm is a model in health care provision that focuses on recovery and return to wellness of the whole body. This is contrary to the cure model used in traditional hospital which focuses on eradicating the disease. Healing health care focus of the need of the entire being rather than focusing on curing the physical ailment. This concept advances the idea that apart from addressing the physical needs, the healing process should also address the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. The healing hospital paradigm is made up of three major components; these include; a culture of loving care, a healing physical environment and an integrated work design and technology. However, there are several challenges experienced when attempting to implement the healing environment in the traditional hospital environment. This paper will discuss the components of healing hospitals and the challenges involved in implementing the healing environment.
Components of a Healing Hospital
Healing hospital paradigm lays more emphasis on the patient’s healing environment. This includes the kind of care the patient is receiving and the conditions the patient is exposed to when receiving treatment (Samueli Institute, 2010). Under the healing hospital paradigm, provision of care is not only limited to provision of medical intervention procedures and medication but also come down to how medical caregivers engage the patients and their relatives in the treatment process. This concept is based on the idea that emotional and spiritual wellbeing contributes to physical well being. According to this paradigm, the physical body, the mind and the spirit make up one body and all this parts must be well if the whole person is to be okay. Therefore the healing hospital concept has laid more emphasis on treatment of patient with compassion and a culture of concern and radical loving.
Under healing hospital paradigm,...