The Alma G. Wise Integrative Therapy Fund was created in loving memory of Alma who served as a hospice volunteer for over twenty years and was one of the first Healing Touch Practitioners in the country. This fund supports a variety of non-medical, therapeutic programs designed to speak to the heart, embrace the soul and ease the burden and stress often associated with the hospice journey. In addition to funding needed supplies and materials, donations to this fund support special training for staff and volunteers in these unique healing arts.
The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual and ritualistic purposes dates back to a number of ancient civilizations. Today, we use natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, leaves and other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. It is used for pain relief, to reduce anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and to provide comfort, peace or inner clarity.
Healing Touch ™
This certified program uses light or near-body touch to clear and balance the human energy system facilitating physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. This intentional therapy provides a compassionate connection between the caregiver and the patient, and has been found to relieve stress, pain, fear and anxiety.
Certified therapy dogs make regular visits to patents easing their pain, decreasing their stress and sometimes even lowering their blood pressure, but certainly providing moments of profound joy. Pet therapy has been shown to decrease agitation and improve social behaviors in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Our art programs help patients to increase socialization, express emotions, and through life review and storytelling to record important aspects of their life as a legacy for family.