There is a growing interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and many patients request massage therapy, music therapy, and similar. Meanwhile, only 29 percent of the over 5,000 hospices in the USA provide massage, art, or musical therapy.
Complementary and alternative medicines have been practiced by many cultures for thousands of years. Even in the United States, the CDC estimates that 75 percent of Americans have used a CAM therapy at least once.
When used together with conventional medicine, CAM therapy can help relieve physical and emotional symptoms, such as pain, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, stress, and depression. Music therapy, for instance, is often used to help relieve pain and depression. Massage therapy can help reduce pain intensity, pain medicine intakes, and even hospital admissions amongst cancer patients.
A bonus of these forms of care is that they are fairly easy to provide and lack significant side effects.
Current CAM Therapy Support in Hospice Facilities
From the year 2000 to 2009, hospice care in the USA increased by 70 percent. There are over 5,300 hospices across the country, serving more than 1.6 billion patients. 29 percent – just over 1500 hospices – report having at least one full-time position for music, art, or massage therapy.
If you are about to choose a hospice for yourself or a loved one, consider whether you would like these types of services or not, and check if and how they are provided.
If you need long distance medical transportation to reach the hospice facility of your choice, we will get you there. All our vehicles are equipped with a hospital-type bed, bathroom, amenities for entertainment and food preparation, and come with two professional drivers and a nurse.