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Therapy Options

Music Therapy

Provided by a board-certified music therapist, SSM Health at Home’s Peaceful Harmony program can improve a loved one’s quality of life by using music to provide them some peace and comfort.

Our music therapist provides live music interventions and support, whether it’s by singing or playing instruments. Patients and families participate at whatever level they feel comfortable. Some listen. Some sing along. Some play instruments. They talk about memories associated with the music they choose to hear. No previous musical experience is required. Visits are arranged at their homes. Peaceful Harmony is offered in St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County and Warren County in Missouri and also in Glen Carbon, Ill.

Among the other benefits of music therapy:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Increased self-esteem and reduced anxiety and depression
  • Social engagement and reduced isolation
  • Spiritual support
  • Facilitate life review/reminiscence
  • Planning for legacy projects and memorial services

Massage Therapy

Comfort Touch is a special type of massage for hospice patients using techniques that promote deep relaxation and potential relief from pain and anxiety. It is safe, appropriate and effective for those for whom conventional massage may cause discomfort.

Conducted by SSM Health at Home's certified therapist, the massage is provided to a patient in a position he or she is most comfortable. Comfort Touch techniques do not require lotions or oils, so the patient can be fully clothed or dressed to their level of comfort.

Our Comfort Touch therapist is a member of our hospice care team and is required to document all sessions through written reports and communication with the patient’s hospice nurse and other hospice staff members. Family members and caregivers may watch and learn the techniques to use after the therapy visit.

Please let a member of your hospice team know if you would like to arrange a therapy visit.

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