The unique signature program of Adventures in Caring, the Raggedy Ann & Andy Patient Care Program, makes a fascinating human interest story at any time of the year.
The obvious color and charm of the program is in marked contrast with most hospital environments. As is the use of a make-believe character to bring hope into all-too-real, painful circumstances. Under the red wig you are likely to find university students who are pursuing careers in health care. They receive special training in advanced listening skills, and use the safe characters of Raggedy Ann or Raggedy Andy to give patients an opportunity to speak about the things they cherish. It is such conversations that rally the will to live and to heal, and it is such compassion that brings hope, joy, and comfort to those who are suffering.
This award-winning program is a perennial favorite. The volunteer stories are always new and heartfelt, while the need for compassion is timeless and universal.
Additionally, Adventures in Caring is breaking new ground with its educational programs, by making it possible for compassion to be taught. By inventing the 4As Communication Model for health care, Karen and Simon Fox created a method of interacting with patients that reliably brings about the experience of compassion.
Then, by developing a more authentic way to capture such caring moments on video – they pioneered a new standard for training videos that are both informative and inspiring. As a result, Adventures in Caring has made the nebulous subject of compassion visible and teachable, as a practice. Thousands of organizations now use the Adventures in Caring materials to cultivate compassion in their teams.