Complementary Therapies in a Palliative Care Setting: The Clinical Experience
This chapter provides a comprehensive insight into the incorporation of various complementary therapies into the hospice and the development of complementary therapy as a model of nursing practice. Described in detail is one interesting treatment used at Daw House, which blends three different types of therapies. The chapter ends with findings of a research project to evaluate complementary care at Daw House. Daw House Hospice, opened in 1988, is a free-standing, 15-bed hospice unit which services patients in need of palliative care in the southern area of Adelaide, South Australia. Here, the broad aims of care are centered on providing comfort to dying persons, their family and friends. Care in this context includes working towards relieving distress, supporting each patient’s existing vitality and raising their spirits, that is, improving outlook and mood. Family and friends are welcomed into the environment and are encouraged to be actively involved in the care of their loved ones.
- establishing a complementary care centre
- changing attitudes towards complementary care
- integration of complementary therapies into nursing care
- evaluating complementary care.