Hospice Comfort Therapies

Comfort Therapy with Hospice

UnityPoint Hospice understands that response to treatment or therapy is individual and that what works for some might not be as effective for others. This is why UnityPoint Hospice also offers alternative forms of comfort therapy for hospice patients.

Comfort therapy can help improve the quality of life by alleviating symptoms of pain and providing relaxation and comfort. Our hospice patients benefit from a variety of different therapies that include:

  • Massage therapy. Massage therapy is one of the most effective forms of therapy that is offered by UnityPoint Hospice. Numerous studies have been done that show the power of touch. Massage therapy has been proven to not only have a positive effect on heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, but also the mental state-of-being by allowing the hospice patient to relax and reduce anxiety.

  • Music therapy. This form of comfort therapy is a growing service in hospice care as studies continue to show that listening to music can help alleviate pain, fatigue and anxiety. It is one of the most popular forms of alternative therapy, along with massage therapy.

  •  Animal-assisted therapy.  Animal-assisted therapy provides hospice patients with visits from a volunteer team of specially-trained dogs and their handlers. Paws With A Purpose is the name of UnityPoint Hospice's animal-assisted therapy program. A dog/handler team comes to a patient's place of residence or a hospice facility to spend time with hospice patients. All dogs are up-to-date on vaccinations and medications, have undergone rigorous temperament testing, are registered therapy dogs and are insured for liability purposes. The dog handler is also a trained hospice volunteer and facilitates the visit.

If a patient requires something more than the standard therapy options, these alternative forms of comfort therapy may be the solution. The UnityPoint Hospice staff is available 24 hours a day to help you in any way they can. Please do not hesitate to contact your regional office for more information.