At Visiting Nurse, we care for the entire body, including the mind and spirit, by integrating special therapies and programs to address each patient’s unique needs. Our skilled therapists and volunteers use music, massage, animals, their hearts and their hands to provide the best care experience possible for our patients and their families.
Music therapy is used in conjunction with many of Visiting Nurse’s programs, from patients in hospice care to those family members taking advantage of the bereavement programs at The Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center. The Music Therapist is a part of Visiting Nurse’s overall care team, working alongside nurses, home health aides and chaplains. The universal language of music can bring peace, decrease pain and stress, and help you remember special times.
Visiting Nurse’s massage therapists work with patients to relieve the pain and discomfort that serious illnesses can cause. Through individualized sessions, the massage therapist can reduce swelling, relieve tight muscles and provide a calming presence to ease stress.
There’s something universally comforting about the softness of a dog’s nose. Their kind eyes seem to understand our deepest feelings. At Visiting Nurse, specially trained volunteers bring therapy dogs to visit patients and their family members in Hospice Home each week, bringing their unconditional love and support. The bonds between humans and animals result in very powerful effects, including reduced stress and anxiety, increased feelings of relaxation and an improved outlook on life. In the hospice setting, pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy, uses that natural bond to provide comfort, peace and soothing companionship to terminally ill patients.
We Honor Veterans
Did you know that one in four dying Americans is a veteran? Visiting Nurse is proud to be a Level Four participant in the national We Honor Veterans program, the highest level possible. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, created We Honor Veterans to empower hospice and other non-hospice community partners across America to meet the unique needs of seriously ill veterans and their families. WHV partners like Visiting Nurse address both physical and emotional needs, including the psychological toll of war and how it impacts the end-of-life journey. Visiting Nurse engages in activities including using a military history checklist at admission, pinning ceremonies and certificate presentations, as well as outreach to other community organizations. In many cases, veteran patients are paired with volunteers who have also served their country and share a unique and honorable bond.