Complementary Therapies

We adjust our care to your unique needs, helping relieve stress and manage pain and other symptoms. Our services can include other non-drug symptom management tools such as touch therapies, aromatherapy, Pet Therapy and Soothing Sounds music, that work together with traditional medical therapies. Medical research has demonstrated that these therapies can be instrumental in relieving stress, decreasing pain, and adding quality to one’s remaining days.

All Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care Complementary Therapies are administered by licensed therapists and specially trained volunteers. Some therapies are offered to patients in their homes, or in long-term care and assisted living facilities. Hospice professionals can guide patients in making informed decisions about their care and incorporating Complementary Therapies into a comprehensive plan of care. A variety of Complementary Therapies are also offered at the Pikes Peak Hospice Unit at Penrose Hospital.

Soothing Sounds VolunteerFriends in FaithTouch TherapiesAnimal Companions

 

Pet Therapy utilizes certified pet therapy teams that offer comfort and solace through one-on-one interactions. Our inpatient unit also features a freestanding aviary.

Aromatherapy uses therapeutic-grade essential oils through touch therapy. This essential oil therapy aids in the management of symptoms such as anxiety, pain, nausea and edema.

 

Creative Expressions provides an outlet for expressions by the patient and family members. Working with a variety of mediums, the expression is not focused on the finished product; rather the gift of creating with another person.

 

Friends in Faith allows patients and families to express their individual faith traditions and beliefs with a trained volunteer.

   

Soothing Sounds uses the talents of local musicians and singers to create a soothing environment for patients and their loved ones. Using volunteer musicians from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as a comprehensive CD library, Soothing Sounds addresses individual needs.

 

Touch Therapies incorporate a variety of therapies to help with a patient’s pain and stress, including hand and foot massages with essential oils, and other types of touch modalities - Reiki, Reflexology, Comfort Touch.  

   

 

What Our Families Say

The entire hospice team exceeded our expectations always going above and beyond.  They are the most amazing group of people.  I can't even put into words how much we appreciate them.  They were always very caring, patient and sincere.  We could not have managed the process without them.  We will never forget you and are forever grateful. Thank you. ~ Patient's daughter

Everyone who came to attend to my wife were all fantastic caregivers and I cannot praise your hospice staff enough.  I was so thankful you were there. ~ Patient's husband

I could not have asked for a more caring set of people to help us through this difficult time.  Thank you so very much. ~ Patient's family

 

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A Woman’s Journey to Volunteer With Purpose
01 Sep

Sue Rizzo, a volunteer with Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, recently shared with us her experience with hospice care for her father, and how that inspired her to volunteer with hospice and palliative care patients.