Holistic Care With Complementary Therapies
Hospice approaches care with an emphasis on holistic care and incorporates a wide range of therapies to provide care and support to patients. Our individualized care seeks to address the unique symptoms and needs of each patient. We offer patients options that range from ancient to the most recent of advanced technologies.
Please note: These services are available based on individual personalized care plans for patients and not all may be available in your area.
Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese treatment modality, alleviates conditions such as shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, pain, and mouth dryness.
Trained and certified therapy pets provide animal-assisted therapy visits that reduce stress and anxiety, encourage interaction, and elicit emotional responses. Even patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia can benefit from animal-assisted therapy with the use of robotic animals that interact and respond to touch and sound, mimicking animal responses of wagging tails and purring.
The benefits of art therapy are well documented and praised across every age group, medical condition, and cultural demographic. Art therapy encourages the effective expression of grief through art. Participants can create art that honors and cherishes the memories of loved ones. All art therapy programs are led by a professionally-trained, board-certified art therapist.
Increasing research supports the effectiveness of aromatherapy in relieving anxiety, stress and related symptoms such as hypertension, depression and insomnia. Volunteers and personal care specialists are trained in the use of aromatherapy with patients as an adjunct approach for care and comfort.
Cardiocom is a device for telehealth monitoring, using technology to monitor patient changes in blood pressure, respiration and other symptoms. Early recognition of new symptoms enables caregivers to quickly address them and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
Massage therapy can supplement and help decrease the side effects of various pain medications. Patients asked to rate pain and anxiety before and after massage therapy showed significant improvement in levels of anxiety, pain and peacefulness. Research also has shown benefits not only in reduced physical distress but in emotional distress as well.
Music can be a powerful tool to effectively address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of hospice patients. Qualified music therapists can provide opportunities for creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Music also can be useful in physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing motivation, and providing emotional support for patients and their families. It encourages reminiscence and provides an outlet for the expression of feelings.
One of the more unique therapies available is Starlight Therapy, which research has shown has a 90% rate of effectiveness in helping patients find relief from agitation, anxiety and restlessness within 30 minutes. The use of a laser star projector to shine pinpoints of light that move like the stars helps patients achieve greater relaxation, reducing the need for medication.