No medicine. No needles. Just good, old-fashioned TLC delivered in a genuinely furry, 4-legged way!
The Dog Therapy Program is run by volunteers and their precious pooches. Their many visits enhance the care we offer our patients and reinforce their value. In addition, dogs and their owners bring humor to the bedside and create the opportunity to open lines of communication through canine companionship.
As a part of the grieving and healing process, dog therapy has been known to assist with improvement of patients’ and their caregivers’ emotional well-being.
A special visit from any one of our adorable therapy dogs brings joy and priceless smiles to the patients in our care.
Music Therapy is an established health care profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy can:
- Alleviate pain
- Decrease anxiety
- Increase relaxation
- Enhance memory
- Improve communication
- Express feelings
- Increase quality of life
A board-certified professional music therapist holds a bachelor's degree or higher in music therapy from a college or university program approved by the American Music Therapy Association. The music therapist is credentialed by the Certification Board of Music Therapists.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from the flowers, bark, leaves, roots, or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these “essential oils” can assist with pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
Art therapy uses the creative process of making art to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of patients. This can help to handle life adjustments, reduce stress, resolve conflicts and achieve insight.