Offering integrative therapies.
Sharp HospiceCare offers integrative therapies to support people with a life-limiting illness that have decided, with the support of their physician and family members, to forego further curative treatment in favor of comfort measures.
The integrative therapies offered — aromatherapy, gentle reflexology, Healing Touch and music therapy — are designed to ease the systems related to the patient's disease or condition and are performed by specially trained and certified staff.
These services are applicable to any hospice patient and are provided upon the patient's request or referral from one of the patient's hospice care team members.
Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy that utilizes naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.
Reiki is a Japanese natural healing system designed to assist in providing comfort and relaxation. Reiki is a gentle non invasive energy therapy, it does not require physical touch. The technique can be used within a few inches above the body or directly touching the body; its use is appropriate in the care of hospice patients and has been shown to be useful in reducing pain, anxiety, depression and including a reduction of side effects from medications.
Healing Touch is a gentle noninvasive energy therapy appropriate for use in the care of hospice patients. It has been shown to be useful in reducing pain, anxiety, depression and side effects from medications. Healing Touch promotes relaxation, restful sleep and enhances the quality of life. Despite the name, Healing Touch does not require physical touch: The techniques can be used within a few inches above the body or directly touching the body.
Comfort massage for hands and feet
Comfort Massage for hands and feet addresses the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient, and is designed to convey caring through touch, individual attention, and presence. Comfort Massage has been shown to reduce pain and anxiety, and help improve quality of life.
Imagery for relaxation
Imagery is a kind of directed day dream. It is a way of directing thoughts to guide your imagination toward a relaxed focused state. Imagery has many benefits. It can promote relaxation, reduce and/or eliminate pain, anxiety and help improve quality of life.
Music therapy involves the use of music to accomplish personalized goals, enhance quality of life, reduce anxiety and depression. Music is usually played on a variety of instruments, depending on a patient's needs and preferences; and is provided by a trained and board-certified professional.
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