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At Good Shepherd Community Care, we understand that pain and suffering can be multi-dimensional and we are committed to a holistic approach to care. We believe in caring for the whole person – the body, the mind and the spirit – not just in treating disease.
As a complement to traditional modalities, Good Shepherd offers a variety of integrative therapies that can be utilized, as appropriate for each individual and his/her family, to enhance their care.
Music therapy utilizes music-based interventions to work towards a variety of clinical goals, including: reducing feelings of isolation, promoting relaxation, and providing opportunities for self-expression. Patients engage with music through singing, instrument play, lyric writing, and guided listening, and no prior experience is necessary. Playing or singing familiar music can help patients access associated memories, and motivate speech and motor activity that may otherwise be limited. Music’s ability to communicate emotion allows patients to express themselves and interact with family members in unique and meaningful ways.
Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing art that works under the premise that we are energetic beings and sometimes our energy gets blocked by illness or trauma. Reiki is a non-invasive treatment provided through the positioning of hands on or just above the fully clothed body; no equipment is needed and treatments can be administered in both sitting and lying down positions. Reiki may help to increase circulation or decrease pain and may also help with insomnia. Treatments are provided by Good Shepherd staff and volunteers who are certified as level two or higher practitioners.
Art therapy draws on many theoretical and psychological perspectives to help meet the unique needs of each patient and work toward individual goals. Specially trained art therapists use the naturally therapeutic qualities of artmaking to provide opportunities for self-expression, introspection, and sensory exploration. Through the use of various art techniques and materials, patients can experience positive outcomes such as decreased social isolation, stress reduction, an increased sense of autonomy and independence, and emotional and/or spiritual healing. As an alternative to verbal language, it is accessible to many people, regardless of their stage of illness.
Pet Therapy at Good Shepherd works by providing patients with proximity to animals, creating a comforting, nurturing presence. Pet therapy has commonly been known to increase socialization, enhance mental stimulation, encourage physical contact, decrease heart rate and blood pressure, and in some instances, create a sense of spiritual fulfillment. All Good Shepherd therapy pets are accompanied by a trained Good Shepherd staff member or volunteer.
As a lasting tribute to one’s life and spirit, Remembrances, the Legacy Program at Good Shepherd, offers several ways to memorialize a person’s history, personal stories and values for loved ones. For people who are coping with a life-limiting illness, creating a legacy project is a way of ensuring that their memories will be preserved for years to come.
"Thank you for taking good care of our family. The nurses and social worker showed so much understanding and compassion while under your care. He passed away comfortably and peacefully at home." - Family member of a patient
"We all wish to express our sincere, heartfelt appreciation to you and all the staff involved in helping us be able to keep mom at home. Without the support and caring shown by all of you, we would not have been able to honor her wishes." -Family member of a patient
"Everyone treated our dad with kindness, knowledge and respect. And, most importantly, the help and advice were provided in a timely way, which made it possible for us to make intelligent decisions in difficult and painful circumstances." - Family member of a patient
"On behalf of our mother, we would like to thank you all so very much for all the love, support and expert help we received. Everyone we encountered was supportive to our family." - Family member of a patient
"Thank you for all you did for our father. You are all amazing and compassionate! We admire your commitment to all of those patients and families who you touch every day!" - Family member
"The Good Shepherd team helped my mom to live her best life. Everyone was so caring, compassionate and knowledgeable - it was a pleasure to work with them to help her through some difficult times. They were there every step of the way to answer questions, offer comfort and advice, and care for her physically, emotionally and spiritually." - Family member of a patient
"We never could have gotten through the last month without the incredible support, kind words and guidance from Good Shepherd. You made my mom’s end of life the best it could possibly have been." - Family member
"We are very grateful for the loving care you gave to our sister. The comfort and communication you also provided us was very appreciated. Your community is very impressive and we were so relieved that you were involved and loving to her in her final days." - Family member