Bayhealth is driven to help its employees reduce stress and maintain their health and wellness. One way it does this is through a Planetree initiative called Code Lavender, which uses evidence-based relaxation and restoration interventions. Not surprisingly, Code Lavender requests from staff have grown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Code Lavender requests involve other Bayhealth team members—many of whom have also had an increase in their workloads due to the pandemic—setting up and taking down a universal kit that includes items such as LED candles, aromatherapy inhalers, and a back/neck massager within the department where the request originated. To address the increase in requests and the challenges this presented, Bayhealth Volunteer Services Manager Carrie Hart, CVA, decided to reach out to the Bayhealth Foundation to see if they could help purchase kits for departments to own permanently and to use at any time.
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of the communities Bayhealth serves, the Bayhealth Foundation was able to support Hart’s idea to purchase the additional Code Lavender kits, which include a back massager, aromatherapy inhalers, LED candles, a sound machine, Code Lavender journals, and a tote to store everything in.
“The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredible for our staff, so we’re glad to be able to work with Volunteer Services and others at Bayhealth to help ameliorate some of it. The purchase of the Code Lavender kits for both clinical and non-clinical departments to keep permanently in their areas is one example of this assistance. Since the pandemic began, we have received over $300,000 in donations to our COVID-19 Response Fund, and the kits were purchased with some of these dollars,” said Bayhealth Foundation President Lindsay Rhodenbaugh.
“The Bayhealth Foundation provides a true partnership in not only how we deliver healthcare, but how we take extra steps in supporting our very own employees during stressful times,” said Bayhealth Director of Patient Advocacy, Service Excellence and Professional Recruitment and Planetree Co-Chair Marianne Foard, MS, RN, NE-BC, PRC.