Category Archives: Hospice Therapies

Considering Pets’ Needs at the End of Life

The hospice model focuses on caring not just for the patient, but for the patient’s family as well. And for many people, “family” includes the furred and feathered. That’s why it is important to integrate care and consideration for pets into the end-of-life journey. Pets are therapeutic. Their touch comforts. They serve as welcome distractions. continue reading…

Enhancing Hospice With Complementary Therapy

The holistic interdisciplinary nature of complementary medicine makes it a natural extension of hospice. Betty suffers from the disabling dyspnea of her advanced COPD. Despite use of oxygen, opioid analgesics, and antianxiety agents, Betty finds that her fear of breathlessness worsens her anxiety, making her breathing more difficult. Twice weekly reflexology sessions provides symptom relief continue reading…