Complementary Therapies

Good Samaritan Hospice, in cooperation with community therapists, has developed a unique program of Complementary Therapy. Available to interested patients and their primary caregivers, complementary therapies have proven to be helpful with physical pain, emotional stress and quality of life. If you are interested in using one of the below services, please ask your Good Samaritan Hospice social worker or nurse.

Art Therapy

Art therapy encourages self-expression in creative ways and is particularly valuable for those who cannot easily verbalize thoughts and feelings, including children.  In addition, art therapy can lessen a sense of isolation and loneliness.

Music Therapy

This therapy uses the universal language of music to offer patients and families the joy that music can bring. Music therapy is a unique blend of art and science that may reduce anxiety and improve the quality of life for patients and caregivers. The use of live instruments (such as a harp or guitar) and/or the human voice can serve as an avenue to relaxation, memory and emotional calm. This therapy may also include the use of recorded music based on the patient’s preference.

Pet Therapy

Through the ages, pets have been a major source of pleasure and joy. Pet therapy has proven helpful to many patients by increasing their mental stimulation, reducing depression, creating laughter and improving quality of life. Dogs or other types of pets are brought to the patient’s home for them to enjoy and touch. People often benefit from the opportunity to express their feelings through petting a dog or cat or simply by being in the presence of a creature that offers unconditional love. Such interactions can be amazingly healing to the human spirit.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with the goal of relieving muscular tension and discomfort. The benefits of massage may include relaxation, easier breathing, increased circulation and reduction of stress, for both patients and caregivers. A variety of massage techniques appropriate to a person’s physical and emotional condition can be used to reach the desired goals.

Stress Management Techniques

The negative effects of personal stress on both mental and physical health are well known. A number of stress reduction techniques are now available through trained local practitioners, including centering prayer and meditation, guided imagery, breathing techniques, journaling and labyrinth work.

Such methods are natural, non-invasive ways to calm the mind and emotions and help individuals to mentally free themselves from anxious or depressing thoughts and feelings. A person learns how to redirect his or her attention so that a sense of peace and well-being can be restored.

Good Samaritan Hospice offers Complementary Therapy as an optional service to improve quality of life for our patients and their caregivers, and not for the purpose of promoting a particular therapy or practitioner. Access to Complementary Therapy may be restricted at times due to practitioner availability and/or funding restraints. Patients and caregivers assume responsibility for keeping scheduled appointments with practitioners and should give notice in advance of having to miss an appointment. Good Samaritan Hospice primary team members are responsible for advising patients and their caregivers of the number of pre-authorized sessions. Should a patient or caregiver wish to continue a particular therapy for more sessions than authorized by hospice, he or she assumes responsibility for arranging and participating in such therapy, including payment for sessions. Your hospice nurse or social worker will be glad to answer questions you may have concerning this program.