Hudson Valley Hospice provides a full spectrum of compassionate care, which may include complementary therapies tailored to each patient’s needs. These therapies are considered in each patients individualized care plan and are used in conjunction with our traditional medical and therapeutic practices.
Music Therapy has been shown to enhance the quality of life for patients, families, and caregivers. Hudson Valley Hospice employs a board-certified Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with Master's level education and specialty training in Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy. For more information on this program, please click the Music Therapy link on the left panel.
Therapy animals may provide comfort and enjoyment for patients in end-of-life care. Certified therapy dogs have been shown to improve overall mood, to help people better cope with health problems, and to decrease patient anxiety.
Essential oils, derived from plants, may improve the sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing as well as provide relief from anxiety and depression.
Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, and Reiki therapies use simple no-touch and visualization techniques with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Practitioners detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Beneficial effects may include relaxation and feelings of wellbeing.