WITH QUARANTINING AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING, the AIM team no longer could have their typical human-to-human interactions. And without this human connection, how could AIM continue to help patients, family members, visitors, staff, faculty, the community and others?
“We had to reframe what it meant to deliver these practices without being able to sit in a patient’s room,” Mullen said. “And we did it. We found those ways.”
The combination of art and technology has been a powerful vehicle for those wanting to stay creatively connected while physically distancing. For the music modality, Facebook Live became the best tool. Anyone in the hospital could see the musician and request a specific song in real time.
“That’s the difference,” Mullen explained. “We didn’t want to record something because you can look up recorded performances on the internet all day long. Our work is patient-driven and the key is having the patient ask for what they want and us responding.”