Complementary Services

“You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”

– Dame Cicely Saunders (founder of the modern hospice movement in London,1968)

The term complementary services is used to describe health care and individual therapies that supplement conventional medicine.  In hospice, complementary services enhance the work of the primary care team of nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, etc.  They help create an environment that supports patients in finding or maintaining a sense of meaning and peace while living with a life threatening illness. 

Complementary services are:

  • Designed to provide quality of life through activities that support communication, aide with relaxation, help build memories and encourage creativity and fun. 
  • Provided by staff and volunteers from various backgrounds and areas of expertise. 
  • Delivered in any patient care setting – generally two times a month between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Complementary Services include:

Touch Therapy – Massage Therapy, Reiki, Reflexology and other modalities of Healing Touch.

Music – Therapeutic use of harp, piano, Native American flute and guitar.

Story Keeping – Supports families in sharing, celebrating and preserving the story of their lives.

Pet Therapy – Good company at the bedside.

Art – Therapeutic art for patient and family, including creative art activities for children. 




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