We are pleased and excited to announce this new service, which will benefit our community greatly. This service offers support to those who have been diagnosed with a serious illness. We offer symptom management and support throughout the patient's serious illness treatment . Working closely with a patient's physician, support can manifest itself in a variety of ways, such as helping with alleviating symptoms, psychosocial and spiritual support, RN and volunteer visits, health education and advance care planning. Please visit our Supportive Care webpage: SeriousIllness.org
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.
Pet Peace of Mind
Pet Peace of Mind® recognizes and actively supports the unique bond between hospice patients and their pets. The program, launched March 24 of 2015 aligns with the Hospice of Orleans mission to embrace those facing advanced illness with optimal levels of comfort, compassion, and expertise. Hospice works with the patient, doctor and family to craft a detailed plan that provides dignity, relief, and strength to those with a life-limiting illness, and support to the ones who love them, including pet companions.
Pet Peace of Mind® allows people to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. This initiative provides volunteer pet care services for pet owners who are unable to care for their pets while receiving Hospice services. During the first year of operation services will include: dog and cat care such as walking, playing and waste clean-up; transportation to a Veterinarian for medical care and check-ups; fostering; and providing assistance with pet care and pet exercise. Education and counseling for patients and their families will focus on understanding pet needs and behaviors and planning for the pet’s future.