Music therapy is an increasingly popular complementary therapy for those with a life-limiting illness. Studies have shown that music therapy helps relieve stress, promotes relaxation, and provides an overall sense of well-being. It has even been shown to lower blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate.
At Hospice of Orleans our music therapist spends time actively or passively engaging each patient via singing, playing instruments, and using music therapy relaxation techniques to address the patient's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs.
It has been well proven that simply cuddling a pet can reduce anxiety and ease depression. During end-of-life care, these moments of unconditional love are all the more powerful.
Trained volunteers from Hospice of Orleans bring specially certified dogs to visit patients and families in their home, nursing facility, hospital or our own Martin-Linsin residence. The dogs provide a welcome distraction for patients coping with a life-limiting illness; and encourage smiles, laughter, and increased movement as the patient pets the animal.
Patients who may have had to give up their dog in order to move into a nursing home are especially appreciative of this pet therapy.
Research has shown that massage therapy can alleviate discomfort, fatigue, and stress in those with a life-limiting illness. Hospice of Orleans offers therapeutic massage to those patients who desire it.