As opposed to Curative Care, Palliative Care is a special program of care to help patients feel more
comfortable and ease the suffering from a serious illness. Those living with cancer, heart disease, lung
disease, kidney failure, and AIDs find palliative care particularly helpful.
Through this specialized treatment, our team helps patients find relief from distressing symptoms
including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep,
and many other symptoms. We help patients deal with the side effects of medical treatment, provide
emotional support for the patient and family, and improve communication with healthcare providers.
This ancient therapy, which uses the essential oils from aromatic plants, promotes a
pleasant, fragrant environment and helps reduce the symptoms of physical, emotional, and spiritual
stress. The oils interact with the body's hormones and enzymes to cause changes in blood pressure,
pulse, and other body functions.
Providing patients with a relaxing and luxurious spa experience, St.Vincent Hospice
Indianapolis offers baths, massages, manicures and pedicures, and a Jacuzzi to relieve stress and
enhance emotional well being.
Cairn terriers and Westies make up the 25-member, specially trained Pet Therapy team
at St.Vincent Hospice Indianapolis. There are many stories of how the pets have touched the lives of
patients and families, by providing great comfort and aid in relaxation for those who request it.