In hospitals and healthcare facilities, MeDi Clowning creates a relaxed atmosphere that allows medical staff to perform their work while the MeDi Clown relieves the stress of the patient.
MeDi Clowning is an integrated and integral alternative therapy as it supports the patient to heal faster, reduces fear, treats them like a person and not a disease.
Always centred on supporting the patient, the role of MeDi Clowns are multiple and multifaceted. While they bring smiles, laughter and entertainment, they are much more. Not only do they distract (consciously redirect) and ease emotional and physical pain, they also empower and relieve stress among patients, families and the entire medical team involved.
MeDi Clowns give power and control to the patient. It is the patient who decides if he/she wants to interact with the MeDi Clowns or not. Being able to say “no” in an otherwise powerless situation is therapeutic in itself.
When the patient gives permission to enter his/her room, the MeDi Clowns start by observing who is in the room, for what reason, and what is happening. Being attentive to emotional tone of the room, they evaluate the needs of patients, family and medical staff at the present moment and act accordingly.
As soon as Hamish and Fif entered the cancer ward, it changed immediately the whole atmosphere. The mood became much lighter. Mothers seemed to have less tension. Hamish and Fif clowned with the staff and even helped the doctor to do his examination. The best was to see the children who have suffered so much - so much pain - to see them laughing and playing with the clowns. Clown Therapy and Laughter Therapy improve the patient’s outlook and helps in speedy recovery. It reduces their stay in the hospital. We need to have MeDi Clowns on every ward, everyday. It is an excellent therapy for the children, their mothers and even the staff.
*Did you know that patients with a sense of humor enjoy a 20 percent lower mortality rate in comparison to those who have difficulty laughing at daily events.
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