(Las Vegas) – As end-of-life care and various therapies remain an important aspect to Nathan Adelson Hospice’s offerings, the hospice has taken another great step in this area by now providing on-site Level I Reiki training and certification.
“Nathan Adelson Hospice has been offering patients and loved ones various services from our Complementary Therapies program for years,” said Lisa Browder, manager of the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program at the hospice. “But until recently, volunteers and staff members had to take Reiki classes off site to become certified. Starting this new program is a great, convenient way to bring this type of therapy to our patients in a more facilitated fashion.”
The addition of a Reiki Master to the Nathan Adelson Hospice staff has made it possible to offer this certified course in-house, making it easier for more people to become qualified. Additionally, they will be teaching the new Reiki practitioners how to effectively use essential oils in their hospice sessions with patients and family members.
“All of these programs are designed to make families and patients more comfortable,” Browder said. “Reiki can help with issues such as stress, grief, anger and anxiety. The ultimate goal is to have experienced Reiki practitioners that can take anticipatory grief appointments.”
Browder said the classes teach staffers and volunteers to feel energy and use it to help patients be more comfortable and relaxed. Many medical practitioners, including chiropractors, are beginning to offer complementary treatments like Reiki.
The complementary services program also offers pet therapy, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, art therapy and music therapy.
About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in providing hospice care and palliative medicine for 36 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 300 patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care.
The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.
The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org.