Enhancing Medical Care.
At JourneyCare, we elevate care to its most advanced level with Integrative Therapies. These therapies manage symptoms, calm the mind, console the heart, relax the body and create peace and preparedness.
By engaging the creative process of art-making, patients of all ages can enhance their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Self-expression through art can help resolve conflicts and problems, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight. For hospice patients, art therapy can aid symptom management, provide a way to communicate about their illness and facilitate exploration of spiritual concerns. No artistic skills are needed to benefit from art therapy.
Massage Therapy has been proven to be very beneficial for hospice patients and can lessen the need for pharmaceutical intervention. Massage Therapy can provide immediate relief of pain, discomfort and anxiety caused by symptoms such as contractions, stiffness, shortness of breath, nausea, cramping and muscle spasms while simultaneously increasing feelings of peace and comfort. The simple act of human touch is one of the most ancient and effective ways to relieve discomfort in the body. Providing massage to the dying reinforces the wholeness of the individual regardless of what is happening to their body.
Music Therapy and Music–Thanatology
Music, planned and presented by a skilled clinical professional, has proven to be a powerful tool for easing pain, anxiety and depression. Our music therapists and music-thanatologists offer music, from the relaxing to the upbeat, at the bedside of JourneyCare patients. Using musical instruments as well as their own voices, music therapists provide an interactive experience, such as encouraging patients to sing along. Drawing on their musical and clinical palliative care training, our music-thanatologists use harp and voice to address physical, emotional and spiritual suffering at the end of life. Learn more about our Music Care Services.
Additional Care Services:
Our volunteers bring a variety of trained, furry companions to visit patients in their homes, in assisted-living and care facilities, and at our Hospice CareCenters.
Read inspirational stories about Integrative Therapies on our JourneyCare blog:
A New View Through Hospice Art Therapy
Music in Hospice – An Unbroken Connection
Hospice Massage Therapist Touches Body and Spirit
Angel Wings and Art in Hospice
Hospice Music Therapy Gently Relaxes Loved Ones
Reiki in Hospice – Energetic Connections