Emotional and Spiritual Care
Services

Emotional and Spiritual Care

Our integrated team coordinates ongoing care that encompasses emotional and spiritual needs. We offer a variety of services that support the holistic well-being of our patients.


SERVICES
SERVICES

Pet visitation can provide immediate psychological and physiological benefits to patients with chronic and advanced illnesses. 

One study in the Journal of Palliative Care showed that a miniature poodle, which became a resident at a hospice inpatient facility, improved morale and interactions between staff and patients. Therapy animals have also been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue.

In order to visit patients and families, animals and their owners/handlers must undergo a screening and certification process to test animals’ temperaments, and how well they will react with adults, children, loud noises, walkers and wheelchairs.

Remember the comfort you felt as a child when someone held or touched your hand during a particularly stressful time? That touch eased worry and provided a sense of calm and peace.

Comfort touch is:

  • A type of complementary therapy
  • Gentle pressure is applied to promote deep relaxation and relief from pain
  • Not a massage but rather rhythmic pressure to specific points on hands and feet

As part of a patient’s plan of care, Comfort Touch assists in managing symptoms and promoting quality of life.

Aromatherapy practice uses fragrant essential oils to produce an individual therapeutic response.

Benefits come from inhaling the essential oil scent. Various essential oils have different benefits, depending on the oil used:

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Reduces anxiety, stress and tension
  • Improves sleep and well-being

In the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, University of Nevada researchers discovered a small but positive change in anxiety, depression and sense of well-being with aromatherapy.

Pet visitation can provide immediate psychological and physiological benefits to patients with chronic and advanced illnesses. 

One study in the Journal of Palliative Care showed that a miniature poodle, which became a resident at a hospice inpatient facility, improved morale and interactions between staff and patients. Therapy animals have also been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue.

In order to visit patients and families, animals and their owners/handlers must undergo a screening and certification process to test animals’ temperaments, and how well they will react with adults, children, loud noises, walkers and wheelchairs.

Remember the comfort you felt as a child when someone held or touched your hand during a particularly stressful time? That touch eased worry and provided a sense of calm and peace.

Comfort touch is:

  • A type of complementary therapy
  • Gentle pressure is applied to promote deep relaxation and relief from pain
  • Not a massage but rather rhythmic pressure to specific points on hands and feet

As part of a patient’s plan of care, Comfort Touch assists in managing symptoms and promoting quality of life.

Aromatherapy practice uses fragrant essential oils to produce an individual therapeutic response.

Benefits come from inhaling the essential oil scent. Various essential oils have different benefits, depending on the oil used:

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Reduces anxiety, stress and tension
  • Improves sleep and well-being

In the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, University of Nevada researchers discovered a small but positive change in anxiety, depression and sense of well-being with aromatherapy.

TESTIMONIALS
—Linda Hunter, LifePath Hospice volunteer with Sport, pet therapy dog

"Sport can enter a room and decide how much interaction the patient might like to have. We were with a patient who passed away and there were family members in the room. When that happened Sport immediately backed away from the patient."

—Linda Hunter, LifePath Hospice volunteer with Sport, pet therapy dog
—Chaplain Walt Godwin, Good Shepherd Hospice, Lakeland, Florida

"Our services don't stop at death. It really carries on into bereavement."

—Chaplain Walt Godwin, Good Shepherd Hospice, Lakeland, Florida
—Charlie McGuire, patient, Thonotassasa, Florida

"Chaplain, I feel like you see me. I’m just more calm once I see you or talk with you."

—Charlie McGuire, patient, Thonotassasa, Florida

Home for the Holidays 

As the holidays approach, we’re reminded that there’s no place like home. At Chapters Health System and its affiliates, we help patients with life-limiting illnesses get home for the holidays—no matter where they reside.

We strive to make sure patients are surrounded by family, friends and things that bring comfort. Our programs and services include:

  • Hospice admissions 24/7/365, no matter what day or time
  • Home visits no matter what day or time
  • Hospice emergency medication kits
  • Equipment and medication related to a patient’s hospice diagnosis
  • Short-term, round-the-clock care
  • Bereavement support programs for children and adults focused on coping with grief during the holiday season.
  • Volunteers who can help fulfill final wishes, record life stories, provide respite and relief to stressed caregivers, or simply add extra love and support

 

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