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

I want to commend all of the professionals that helped my family and my husband.  
You were all so kind and caring to all of us during the hardest time of our lives. You all are angels!  Thank you.

Please applaud the Red Team for caring for my husband and teaching me to care for him. 
You made his last week as comfortable and as pain free as possible and
you cared for me when he passed.  Thank you.

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

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