Indianapolis Hospice Volunteers
Hospice volunteers are an essential part of our team. They are specially trained individuals, who provide assistance to patients, their families and the hospice team. They do not provide direct patient care, such as give medications or make medical decisions, but as an invaluable resource, they bring a friendly smile, warm conversation, a hand to hold or or[...]
Many families understand how therapy can assist loved ones as they recover from an acute condition, such as falling or having a stroke. But occupational therapy is also an important part of continuous care for clients with a chronic illness or who are nearing the end of life.
Benefits of Occupational Therapy
“Occupations” are things people want to do, need to do, or are expected to do [...]
Coping with Grief?
This Springtime Consider a Return to Nature
Spring in Indiana has been a little bumpy this year. Just when we think spring has finally sprung, bam! it snows again. As we patiently wait for true springtime and the warm sunshine on our faces, let us consider how a return to nature can help with those coping with grief.
Being in nature one becomes aware of the infinite circle [...]
Becky Welch has been a board-certified music therapist since December 2014. She received her undergraduate degree in music therapy from the University of Dayton, and completed her music therapy internship with a hospice company. Then she worked for about 2.5 years for a nonprofit serving individuals with disabilities. Since she was in middle school, Becky has played percussion in all settings from[...]
Do you or a loved one suffer from hearing loss? Do struggle to hear the whole conversation over the phone? Central Indiana has a free tool for you! With ClearCaptions using the telephone has never been easier!
Communicate easier with the most advanced captioning phone system available.
To qualify for the free revolutionary caption phone you must have hearing loss, a land line phone and [...]
Twice a year we have the honor of hosting a Celebration of Life service for the Central Indiana families we serve through our home health, palliative and hospice care. An evening of song, prayer and stories, where all are welcome, and we journey the path of loss and grief together.
The process of healing is different for everyone. No two stories are the same. Each of our spirits ache [...]
When Words Just Aren't Enough, Art Therapy Soothes
Did you know art therapy is uniquely beneficial to seniors? Creating art can be an enjoyable experience that focuses the participant away from daily concerns, such as chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and on the creative process and self-expression. Some seniors, particularly those with cognitive, memory, and other impairments, may receive [...]
Having an animal in a senior’s life can help improve their well-being and give new meaning to their life. Due to the numerous health benefits of a therapy pet, Paradigm Living Concepts has added Mitzi Mae, a very special therapy dog, to the team! Look for her little paw prints on hearts at assisted living and hospice care locations across Central Indiana.
Learn more about Mitzi Mae here:[...]
Did you know therapy animals are good for seniors? Yep! Being around animals makes people feel healthier and happier. Studies show that seniors who are active and always around others, or who own a pet decline in health far less rapidly than isolated or depressed seniors.
Pet therapy for seniors, also known as Animal Assisted Therapy, is a technique that uses animals to interact with [...]
Did you know adults age 65 and older made up 13 percent of Indiana's population as of Census 2010? And according to the Indiana Business Research Center, that number is projected to grow to 20 percent of the population by 2030. Moreover, the fast-growing Indianapolis-Carmel metro area, which accounts for more than one-quarter of the state's total population, will see its senior population nearly [...]