At Hospice of St. Clare, we believe in the implementation of integrative modalities as non-invasive and non-pharmacological compliments to excellent traditional medical care. We believe that when curative treatment is no longer a possibility, the main goal becomes keeping the patient comfortable. In addition to the patient's prescribed comfort medicines, the use of integrative modalities can provide deep relaxation, reduced anxiety, decreased perception of pain, and an overall improved sense of well-being leading towards an enhanced quality of life, even at the end of life.
Pet Therapy helps to encourage movement and promotes empathy, socialization, mental stimulation,
companionship and love. The positive effects of animals on one’s health and happiness have been well
documented. Romeo and Leo, experienced Therapy Dogs, are happy to visit Hospice of St. Clare patients
and their families, providing a wide range of physical, emotional, and social benefits. Both Romeo and Leo are registered with Pet Partners and have Complex Ratings. They are highly experienced
in interacting with humans of all ages, and always remain calm and gentle, even in the most stressful and
Reiki is a Japanese practice that may be used for the reduction of stress and promotion of relaxation. Reported benefits include a sense of well-being, relaxation, pain management, and comfort. Our hospice volunteers and staff share Reiki with many of our patients and their family members. We have heard from more than one family that they find their loved one more relaxed and responsive the day after receiving a treatment.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for mental, emotional, and physical well-being. The non-invasive nature of aromatherapy, coupled with its minimal side effects, is ideal in end of life care. Many individuals nearing the end of life have significant depression, anxiety, or lack of energy, and aromatherapy can help promote a sense of well-being. While aromatherapy cannot prolong life or cure a terminal illness, it can help make the situation more bearable for those involved. Hospice of St. Clare can provide an essential oil diffuser for our patients' added comfort.
Meditation has been found to be a great source of comfort, support and peace
for people in hospice care. The calming, balancing nature of meditation can
provide relief from the pain, anxiety, solace and sadness often experienced
by those coping with grief and end-of-life issues.
Meditation reduces anxiety, agitation, fear, and distress – as well as provides peace and comfort. Of all the senses, guided meditaion only requires the ability to hear and hearing is frequently available to a hospice patient, even after other senses have waned.
The therapeutic use of music can have tremendous benefits on those who are
terminally ill. Music therapy has been shown to elevate the patient's mood,
and slow down the respiratory rate while making the patient feel more awake
and alert and better able to cope with feelings of hopelessness and grief.