A deeper connection.
Integrative therapies not only make patients feel better but also become a new way to communicate when speech is no longer possible.
Music soothes the soul, sometimes tapping into memories otherwise inaccessible. A dementia patient may not be able to converse but can sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with gusto.
A cancer patient who struggles with pain may find relief in a massage therapist’s touch. It eases stiffness, improves circulation and flexibility, prevents pressure sores and elevates mood.
Aromatherapy quiets the senses, using natural oils extracted from flowers and plants to enhance psychological and physical well-being. An anxious patient may instantly calm after breathing the scent of lavender.
Hospice of the Valley offers these services by trained and certified professionals. The programs are supported by fees, grants and donations.