Complementary Therapies

Hospice Care

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 therapy—visits with therapy dogs increases relaxation and triggers happy memories
Where You Need Us to Be

Complementary therapies are provided wherever patients live:

  • At home
  • In assisted living and skilled nursing facilities
  • In hospitals
  • At our inpatient Kaplan Family Hospice House

Music Therapy Helps Patients Connect and Express Themselves

Surrounded by the artwork she created and collected, Marjorie (Pat) Lawrence, 94, was still enamored with the arts, especially music, until her death. Her visits with Care Dimensions' music therapist Lisa Kynvi became a focal point for Pat.
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Therapy Dog Brings Joy to Patients

Volunteer Cynthia Turover and her pet therapy dog Louie make the day a little brighter when for patients.

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions 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 more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.