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 therapy, 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.

Animal CompanionsSoothing Sounds VolunteerFriends in FaithTouch Therapies

 

Pet Therapy utilizes animals as nurturing, compassionate beings 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 of that same faith background, including Roman Catholic Eucharistic Ministers.

    

Sentimental Journey recognizes that many patients and families enter hospice with unmet dreams and offers them an opportunity for an outing that might not otherwise happen. Patients have accessed this program for athletic events, church services, and such diverse outings such as nearby trips to view fall colors, and the like.

 

Soothing Sounds (Music Therapy) local musicians use their talents 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 Healing Touch and other energy and touch modalities, Reflexology, and Reiki.

 

What Our Families Say

Please applaud everyone at the IPU for the loving care of my mom, 
hugs when I cried, answering questions when asked.  Thank you. ~ Patient's son

There are not words to describe how much everyone at Pikes Peak Hospice is appreciate. 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking such great care of my loved one as she made her final journey. 
I will miss her terriby but am at peace because she was at peace in the end
which is largely due to the care of her Hospice team. 
Thank you to all the staff. ~ Patient's family

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Your Healthy Family - Have you made your end-of-life care decisions?
01 Oct

Listen to an interview with our Chief Medical Officer about how to hold what may be the most important conversation of your life.