Hospice of Medina County is pleased to offer additional expressive therapies which help enhance quality of life and add to the hospice experience:
Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing. Through the process of creating and talking about art with an art therapist, one can increase awareness of self, cope with symptoms, manage stress and traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of artistic creativity.
Art therapy focuses on the benefits of the creative process. These include:
• Enhancing communication of feelings when words sometimes fail
• Reducing and managing stress
• Gaining self awareness
• Maintaining quality of life
In addition, art creations can become lasting family mementos.
Pain, tension and anxiety often lodge themselves within our bodies. Using a series of therapeutic touches and strokes, Massage Therapy helps to comfort hospice patients and their caregivers by reducing stress, anxiety and pain. Massage can help patients sleep and improve functioning in body systems and promote a sense of calmness. Each Massage Therapy visit is tailored to the individual needs of the patient at the time of the visit.
Therapeutic Massage can provide comfort:
• To ease tension, stiffness and pain
• To reduce restlessness and anxiety
• To promote mind-body connection
• To increase circulation and breathing
• To promote better sleep patterns
• To increase sense of well-being
• To increase energy
Pet Therapy offers a positive influence on patients and can play an important role in the hospice care. Certified Therapy dogs are available to interested patients. These animals can help brighten a patient’s day, calm anxiety, and help the patient feel better. Therapy Dogs offer a unique ability to connect with patients and offer joy to people.