Complementary therapies can provide additional support to medication for those who are in a great deal of pain and can also be beneficial for carers of the sick, offering respite from a sometimes stressful job.
These therapies can help patients cope with the fear associated with dying and further decline, and are designed to restore the balance between body and mind.
Massage, Reiki, aromatherapy and meditation can have a physiologically positive effect by relaxing muscles and promoting better sleep and a sense of calm.
Complementary therapy can also come in the form of beauty and hairdressing services, enabling patients to feel good about themselves when they are feeling low.
In addition to these therapies, the Footprints Day Centre at the Murdoch Community Hospice also holds social functions to give caregivers the opportunity to meet other patients and assist patients
and families in organising important events, such as arranging weddings or visits from loved pets.
Coordinator Day Hospice Services Kathy Parr says it is rewarding to see patients benefit emotionally and physically from these complimentary therapies.
“We offer patients support in a safe environment when they need it most,” said Ms Parr. “It is especially rewarding to see patients get relief from their pain and symptoms through a treatment we provide.”