This is… Kristy, our Complementary Therapist. In normal times, Kristy helps our patients with a range of treatments designed to help their holistic wellbeing, such as meditation, breathing techniques, reiki and target specific massage. Government guidelines on touch therapy have meant that Kristy has completely changed her focus throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, finding new ways to help our patients find peace and improved wellbeing.
Complementary Therapist at St Andrew’s Hospice and Andy’s Children’s Hospice, Kristy Masterson has vastly adapted her role to meet the needs of her local community throughout the Coronavirus situation.
Under Government guidelines, no touch therapies are currently taking place within the hospice, so Kristy has found new ways to reach out to patients and the wider community, bringing smiles to the faces of so many people in the process.
One of the activities Kristy has been doing with the children who have been staying at Andy’s is making cards to local residential homes to let their residents and staff know we are thinking of them. This has been wonderfully popular and has helped strengthen the links between our hospice and the local care home community. We have also made and sent cards to any member of hospice staff who have been furloughed and to our volunteers, to let them know they’re being thought of and that we’re looking forward to seeing them back when the time allows.
Kristy has also been working hard to reach the children who are not attending the hospice at the moment through our social media channels. She has recorded herself telling stories and encouraged other members of staff to do the same. These are then posted online so our patients can see a friendly familiar face and enjoy listening to some of their favourite books. Kristy has also recorded a series of meditations for adults and children to help them relax and calm and centre themselves at this stressful time. These videos have been really popular and have been watched over 8,000 times since lockdown began.
As staff wellbeing is a key focus for the hospice at the moment, Kristy is also providing relaxation experiences for staff working on-site, inviting them to join her in our sensory room, take their shoes off and lie down on a bean bag or the waterbed and recharge their batteries, leaving the troubles of the world behind for a few minutes. Kristy said “we are living in very unsettled times and people’s mood can be a bit flat or otherwise emotional. I wanted to bring a moment of peace and tranquillity into their world so they can let go of thoughts that no longer serve them and momentarily leave the chaos at the door”
Kristy is a wonderful example of the flexibility and positivity shown throughout the hospice team. We are so proud of her and the attitude she has shown in what could have been a very difficult time.