- Physical Benefits
- Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps relieve tension-related headaches
- Emotional Benefits
- Fosters peace of mind and sense of well being
- Promotes relaxation
- Helps relieve mental stress and anxiety
- Assists with behavior issues
- Satisfies needs for caring, nurturing touch
Our massage therapists can also help bed ridden patients improve blood circulation by massaging areas of the body that have been most recently under pressure and assisting with range of motion exercises to improve blood flow.
Our team will consult with the patient, the patient’s caregivers and the patient’s hospice physician to determine when this therapy will be more beneficial as part of their individualized plan of care.
Working with a physical therapist can help establish a physical therapy program that will meet the patient’s personal goals, which may range from control of bodily functions to increased or maintained independence. Some of the services that the hospice physical therapist will perform are:
- Improving coordination, flexibility, balance and strength
- Teaching techniques to support mobility and independence
- Making suggestions for lifestyle adaptations to fir the physical ability of the patients
- Helping to maintain mobility through the use of exercise and the appropriate use of assistive devices
- Stretching and exercising to help reduce pain and improve range of motion
Our physical therapist will perform an in-home evaluation of the patient to determine the best exercises and stretches to reduce pain and increase range of motion. Our certified nurse assistant will work with the patient on these exercises, as instructed by the physical therapist, to help the patient achieve their goals.
Many of our hospice patients have pet visit volunteers: loving animals – and their owners – who are trained to provide comfort and a special kind of friendship to anyone who can benefit. Hospice pet visits offer a welcome distraction from illness and help patients feel a little less lonely. They leave their patients – and anyone else lucky enough to be around – smiling, more relaxed and maybe even a little healthier.