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Healing at home: music to the ears

April 8, 2016

Healing at home: music to the ears

Patient Julia DiBenedetto (center) and her family presented the Sharp Home Care team with a handmade Japanese Rinshu speaker — which plays soothing acoustic music — as a gift of appreciation for the care they provided for DiBenedetto.

Illness or injury can be difficult at any age, and hospitalization can add to the strain. Often the best place for care and recovery is at home. At 98 years of age, Julia DiBenedetto, along with her daughter and son-in-law, found this to be true.

“My mom, who lives with us, suffers from osteoporosis,” says Linda Hill-Phoenix. “In October 2015, she was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in her lower back and her doctor prescribed Sharp Home Health. The outstanding, professional expertise of each member of the home care team was impressive, and the personal touches and caring made all the difference in her healing.”

DiBenedetto’s home care team included specialists in physical, occupational and speech therapy; nursing; medical social work; and home health.

Home care allows compassionate experts to deliver intermittent skilled care in the comfort of a patient’s home. From cancer and pain management to rehabilitation and wound healing, a full range of care and services enhance the patient’s recovery, independence and long-term wellness.

“Home health care is an important service for patients because they can receive quality care where they are most comfortable,” says Julianne Peters Hyde, clinical supervisor of Sharp Home Health. “We are able to provide wonderful, skilled, compassionate practitioners to help them recover and get back to living a full life.”

DiBenedetto and her family were so appreciative of the care she received that they presented the home care team with a certificate of appreciation and a Rinshu speaker, a sound system that uses curved wood amplification to deliver high-frequency waves said to create a sense of comfort and calm. Each Rinshu speaker is handmade by artisans in Japan and designed in the form of a sailboat to create sounds that mimic acoustic wooden instruments.

Ray Phoenix, DiBenedetto’s son-in-law, says that the gift was a token of the exemplary care she was given. He and his wife wanted to share the Rinshu — which features the music of Hill-Phoenix, a harp therapist — with the home care team to remind them how much they appreciated all they did for DiBenedetto and to allow them to enjoy the peaceful sounds while working with others.

“The Sharp Home Health team exemplified, in my mind, what the word ‘team’ really means,” says Phoenix. “Their actions were always well-coordinated. All members of the team were aware of what Linda's mother needed, of how she was being helped and how their actions affected other members of the team. That they worked so well together was as impressive to me as the help each gave to us individually. They thoroughly deserve our appreciation.”

Talk with your doctor to see if Sharp Home Health’s medical, nursing, rehabilitation, social and educational services might benefit you or a loved one.

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