Organization rolling out new therapy techniques to help hospice patients

The new techniques include four-legged friends
Posted at 2:59 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 17:50:15-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington hospice care organization is working on bringing in new therapy techniques to help treat patients.

The new integrative medicine techniques include art and music therapy, massage and yoga, and some help with four-legged friends with animal-based therapy.

"There's a lot of evidence that our brain responds to these therapies in a way that helps us with symptom management, as well as with just quality of care and well being," Whitney Clay, the Integrative Medicine Coordinator and Bluegrass Care Navigators told LEX 18's Alex Valverde.

These therapy methods will be used along with the existing medical care that the organization offers. The staff is still working out the details, but they hope to roll out most of the techniques by the end of the year.

There are three puppies training to become therapy animals to help the patients. They will still need several months of training before they can start.

"It's going to cost us thousands of dollars to train these three puppies. We have a professional trainer who is specialized in therapy animals like this, and they will be with that trainer for six to eight months," said Laura Klumb, the Vice President of Philanthropy at Bluegrass Care Navigators.

Click here to donate to get the puppies trained. You can also suggest names for the puppies, or you can visit the organizations AmazonSmile wishlist.