The Denver Hospice Provides Complementary Services Using All Five Senses
All hospices care for the body; we care for body, mind and spirit, providing the best in medical care and integrating special therapies to care for the whole person. Our therapists use musical instruments, voice, art, animals, essential oils, their hearts and hands to expand the way we care for our patients and their loved ones.
Aromatherapy uses pure essential oils extracted from plants to enhance well being and relieve a variety of physical and emotional health conditions. Hospice patients in particular can benefit from this therapy to help alleviate pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, agitation and sleeplessness with virtually no side effects. Essential oils are delivered by inhalation (diffuser) or diluted and applied to the skin in creams or lotions. 5 blends are available. Each blend provides a specific benefit to the patient.
Art Therapy engages the creative process of art-making to enhance the physical,
mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people of all ages. Self-expression
through art can help resolve conflicts and problems, reduce stress, increase
self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. In the hospice setting,
art therapy can aid symptom management, provide a means to communicate about
terminal illness, facilitate exploration of spiritual concerns, and serve to
support grieving friends and family members. No artistic skills are necessary to benefit from this form of therapy.
Comfort Touch, a nurturing form of acupressure massage, is gentle, safe and
appropriate for those with chronic illness, the elderly, and those nearing
the end of life. Deeply soothing and respectful, it can relieve pain, promote
relaxation, ease breathing, encourage appetite and digestion, improve quality of sleep and increase mental alertness. Compassionate hospice staff members are trained to provide comfort touch.
Music Thanatology supports and eases the transition process by creating a musical field of beauty, intimacy and reverence. The Music-Thanatologist offers bedside music vigils to patients at any stage of their hospice journey to address their physical and spiritual condition. Prescriptive combinations of live harp and vocals are offered, based on observations and changes in vital signs. Loved ones can be present and often report their experience to be meaningful and calming, a welcome reprieve from the complexity of care-giving. The music vigil experience transcends cultural backgrounds, faith and religious traditions, age and diagnoses, and creates the possibility of deep peace. Patients need not be alert or outwardly responsive to receive benefit. Each music vigil is unique.
Music Activity Visit
Trained volunteers bring live and recorded music to the bedside of hospice patients. The intentional use of music has the potential to decrease pain and stress and increase relaxation. Music creates a container for the experience and expression of a variety of emotions that may be hard to put into words. It is a universal language that a patient may respond to even after their ability to communicate in other ways has become limited.
Animal Activity Visit
Specially trained human-animal volunteer teams are available to make a visit to hospice patients at a facility or in their home. These visits can help the patient relax, open up and enjoy the sensory experience of connecting with an animal. Contact with, or even the presence of, an animal may also help facilitate the release and/or expression of thoughts, feelings or emotions.
Reiki is based on the concept that the human body consists of patterns of energy which can be balanced in order to relieve tension, pain, and other symptoms, and support the individual on all levels of body, mind, and spirit. This therapy, which has been integral in the oldest of medical systems, is backed by scientific research and is provided by trained volunteers.
To schedule an Integrative Therapy or speak to a member of your care team
please call: 303-321-2828.