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Complementary Therapies

Body, Mind and Spirit

Hospice focuses on caring for the “whole person” – body, mind and spirit. At Care Dimensions, we integrate mind-body complementary therapies as an essential feature of total hospice care. Working in harmony with traditional medical and psycho-social services, these non-invasive, holistic practices help ease tension, reduce anxiety and improve overall comfort for patients. Our patients tell us they experience a sense of peace and well-being after receiving complementary therapy.

Complementary therapies are provided by staff and volunteers, and even animals, in the case of our multiple therapy dogs.

Therapies include:

  • Art therapy—using imagery, drawing, painting and other visual arts to foster self expression and relaxation
  • Massage—gentle massage provided by our licensed massage therapists can provide relief to sore muscles and reduce tension
  • Music therapy—using live or recorded music to promote relaxation, stress reduction and feelings of joy
  • Reiki—a gentle hands-on relaxation technique to reduce stress and promote a feeling of well-being
  • Pet therapyvisits with therapy dogs increases relaxation and triggers happy memories

Massage Therapist Alison Powers talks about the power of touch and how it can bring people together.

Music therapists Dan Steinbrink and Jocelyn Khoo talk about the importance of music in end-of-life care.

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A Pharmacist’s Music Therapy Lesson

June 2, 2022 by Joseph Ricciutti, Pharm.D.

A pharmacist recalls how accompanying a music therapist on visits with hospice patients changed his perspective about complementary therapy.

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Sharing Music with Older Adults

May 16, 2022 by Li Kynvi, MA, MT-BC, LMHC

Having worked in hospice music therapy for 15 years, Li Kynvi shares how we can help older adults reconnect with the music they love.

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore,  has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.

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