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UVMC Introduces Daily Quiet Time for Patients

Upper Valley Medical Center is pleased to introduce Quiet Time in the patient care setting daily from 2 to 4 p.m. 

The goals of Quiet Time are to enhance the patient experience by reducing environmental stimuli and promoting patient rest and/or sleep during those hours.  Evidence-based research suggests the 2 to 4 p.m. time frame is when the body is most ready for rest due to natural lows in the body’s circadian rhythm. Patient care will continue during the Quiet Time.

An explanation of the Quiet Time will be given to patients and families during morning care.

The daily Quiet Time will be signaled by the playing of a soft melody at 2 p.m.   Staff will make rounds to encourage patient rest, dim lights in rooms, offer ear plugs and close patient doors, if appropriate. 

Visitors will be encouraged to take a break and visit the cafeteria or gift shop or observe their own quiet time in the patient’s room.

For more information on the program, contact Judy Boles at 440-7572.