Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is asking for the public’s help in spreading hope to their patients. A social media campaign titled #PicturesForPatients calls for adults and children to draw, paint or color pictures for their patients who are in long term care as they recover from strokes, spinal cord injuries or other traumatic injuries.
The campaign aims to increase positivity at a time when patients have limited visitation due to the COVID-19 crisis.
“It’s about hope for the patients,” said Frank Hyland, executive director of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “During this public health crisis, being in a rehabilitation hospital is stressful enough, restricted visitors makes it more so.”
The Allentown-based health network has a goal of one picture for every patient.
“It’s another way to help take a patient and their family to a better place mentally,” Hyland said. “When you have a catastrophic injury, it’s devastating- you are thinking, ‘Will I be able to walk? Have a child? Are my dreams crushed forever? I
don’t believe in false hope but in real hope.”
Pictures have already been submitted and Hyland said that the patients “absolutely love” them.
“It’s important to help patients see that life is not over,” he said. “Humans are resilient. Hope is 50 % of the battle.”
Pictures can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be printed and hung on residents walls, as well as posted to social media.