The demand for Montgomery Hospice Complementary Therapies continues to grow. In 2016, more patients and family members took advantage of these therapies than ever before. The number of Massage and Comfort Touch® visits has more than doubled in the last three years, as have our Pet Companion visits. Visits by specialized musician volunteers increased four-fold this past year. In addition, the hiring of a Board Certified Music Therapist establishes a new clinical capacity in the highly skilled use of music to accomplish therapeutic goals. And, in 2016, we began a “Care for the Caregiver” program at Casey House, offering Comfort Touch® and/or Reiki to family members and friends three days each week.
[*Note: a “visit” is when a staff member or volunteer provides one of these therapies or services to a patient or family member, in the home or at Casey House.]
"When the Threshold Choir sang for my mother, it truly was a gift to my dad as well as to her. Though mom was no longer talking, we believe that she enjoyed those songs that had been selected just for her. We know for sure that my father deeply appreciated this music. He’d been struggling to take care of his wife, with whom he had lived for 63 years. Having this group of volunteers take the time to sing to his beloved wife at her bedside felt like a small miracle to him. He was overwhelmed and grateful that his wife had the chance to hear and enjoy live music one last time."
Daughter of a patient
Montgomery Hospice uses holistic therapies and services for comfort and symptom relief, customized for each patient. We integrate these therapies into our traditional medical treatments, following the preferences of the patient.
We offer a variety of services, including:
Music Therapy/Music at the Bedside (Music Therapy, Specialized Bedside Musicians, Threshold Singers, Reverie Harp, Custom Playlists ),
Massage/Touch Therapies (Palliative Massage, Comfort Touch®, Lavender Oil Hand Massage),
Guided Imagery, Meditation, Intentional Breathing,
Certified Pet Companion Visits.
Donor support is critical to us being able to continue to offer these in-demand services.