As opposed to Curative Care, Supportive 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 supportive 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.