Complementary Therapies Help Hospice Patients Find Peace and Joy

Complementary Therapies Help Hospice Patients Find Peace and Joy


We utilize complementary therapies at
Care Dimensions because that integrates mind body and spirit into the physical
care and we take care of the whole patient. “How is your shoulder and your hip doing?” “Been working very well.” Things like massage therapy, Reiki these sorts of
complementary and alternative therapies can really help with symptom relief and
it gives people that relief and that comfort and it also honors their wishes
to not rely on medication to do this. Even when people aren’t able to show a
lot of response to words and so forth words aren’t necessarily making sense
to them music can often bring the feeling of
being accompanied on a journey, bring the feeling of not being alone. “Hi Mildred it’s good to see you today.”
Complementary therapies, music therapy, pet therapy, massage therapy, these evoke
sensory experiences in the patient in a nonverbal way and can trigger positive
memories it can help them with their life review and it can help them do that
inner emotional work that needs to be done as part of the dying process,
without relying on the spoken word. It’s bringing something extra to the patients
and I think they really enjoy it and it derives a lot of comfort and a lot of
different levels. “How is that right under here?” “That spot is good.” At Care Dimensions we’re
always thinking about what can we do to bring in other tools, other disciplines,
other practices, that are going to help us enrich the final days and weeks
and months of a patient’s life. I see the stress with families just goes
right down when they talk to Tessie and they just keep petting her and I always
feel how soft she is and it certainly does relax the patient’s families as
well as the patients The growth of our Complementary
Therapies Program has really been quite remarkable. Six years ago we were making maybe three or four hundred visits annually and last year we had 4,500
complementary therapy visits. Little did we know about all the
complimentary therapies that were here until my husband was a patient a little
over a year ago. My husband was a huge music fan
and when he was here Lisa, the music therapist, came in and asked if she could
sing something before my husband died. He died sooner than we thought. He did have
a few requests, so I thought and I said “Lisa how about a Silent Night?” and she
said “I think I can do Silent Night.” And then I told her about the fact that he
had requested that it be song in German at his funeral and she said “I’m German, I
can sing it in German” and I think it was probably one of the most wonderful
moments of our marriage just to see the peace and quiet that came over Jean. It was a special moment for him and it was a treasure for me. You’ve seen the tremendous positive
impact of these services and we want to continue to provide them to all our
patients and families, so we ask that you please give as generously as you can and
we thank you for all the support that you’ve provided for programs like this. you

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