Therapeutic massage has many benefits within hospice care, such as its ability to relieve pain, improve circulation and induce a relaxation response. Other benefits of massage that apply to both hospice patients and the general population include:
- Stress reduction
- Lowers blood pressure
- Decreased pain
- Stimulates circulation
- Relieves joint pain
- Reduces swelling and edema
- Stimulates the flow of lymph
- Improves sleep
- Decreases fear and anxiety
- Decreases isolation
Massage can provide both physical and emotional benefits to hospice patients. The Gardens of Western Reserve Hospice is pleased to offer this amazing benefit for your loved one. It will be offered routinely throughout the year at no charge.
“People of all ages enjoy music. Whether it is singing in a choir or listening to our favorite music, music impacts our mind, emotions, and memory. Music therapy is an established healthcare profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals (American Music Therapy Association Definition, musictherapy.org). Music therapy utilizes the innate qualities of music paired with a board-certified music therapist to facilitate a meaningful and relational experience with non-musical outcomes.
Music therapy services at Gardens of Western Reserve Hospice are delivered by referral and based on the patient’s current medical and personal needs. Our board-certified music therapist helps patients engage socially with music, helps decrease their pain, process complex emotions and recall memories through song writing, musical legacy projects, singing, playing instruments, choosing songs and much more all with no musical experience necessary. Music therapy at Gardens of Western Reserve Hospice helps us empower our patients in a non-threatening medium to live life meaningfully and peacefully through end of life.
Patient B, a woman with dementia, was referred to music therapy for positive social engagement and decreased isolation. She quickly thrived in music therapy. Connecting through her preferred music and love of poetry, the music therapist and patient created recordings of personal poems and favorite songs. Music therapy allowed for organic emotional expression and helped her create a musical legacy for her family.
To refer your loved one to music therapy at Gardens of the Western Reserve Hospice, contact Laura Kelly, Social Service Coordinator, at 216-916-1110.”
– Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC
Owner & Director of Services
Gardens Hospice is now offering, at no charge, beautician service on special occasions throughout the year such as Mothers/Fathers Day, Birthday and any special family occasion.
Your loved one will look great and feel awesome with this extra feature!