Complementary Therapies Improve Quality of Life

Complementary Therapies Improve Quality of Life


(Narrator): 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. (Nurse): How is your shoulder and your hip
doing? (Patient): They’ve been working very well. (Narrator): 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. (Therapist 1): 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. (Therapist 2): Hi Mildred its good to see you today.
(Narrator): 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. (Therapist 3): 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. (Nurse 1): How is that right under here? (Patient): That spot is good. (Narrator): 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 the final days and weeks
and months of a patient’s life. (Volunteer): 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 patients
families as well as the patients.

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