Exploring and Discovering Integrative Health Services at Madonna Living Community Through Our Benedictine Health System Well Kits
Integrative Health is a philosophy of care that focuses on the well-being of the whole person; body, mind and spirit. It is also known as complementary and alternative medicine or holistic care and incorporates a variety of practices to support each person’s wholeness.
Neal C. Buddensiek, MD, CMD Chief Medical Officer of the Benedictine Health System states, “Non-pharmacologic interventions are as diverse as the human experience. Each resident has a unique life story filled with experiences that will often lend themselves to great use providing support and comfort. This Well Kit provides “care in the air” through the offerings of aromatherapy and therapeutic music while therapy dolls and comforting touch are a more tactile supportive offering.”
These free therapies are not intended to replace standard medical care, but rather designed to enhance all care provided by supporting each person’s natural ability to heal.
Aromatherapy uses aromatic plant compounds called essential oils that provide “care in the air” to help improve your health and mood. Their therapeutic effects from high grade essential oils are offered by diffusion, massage and aromastick and can be tailored to your ever-changing symptom needs.
Healing Music sound that resonates in the body and can affect mood and emotions that help soothe and heal. This “care in the air’ offering helps optimize your biological systems, such as reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels. We offer MusicFirst’s streaming music service designed by a respected team of music therapists and neuroscientists. This supportive music may also be personalized through Music & Memory to help awaken and transform your life.
Therapy Dolls appearing life-like and weighted as a newborn, are introduced to connect to memories and feelings with a sense of purpose. Those with cognitive impairment are comforted, relaxed, settled and soothed by this supportive offering.
Comforting Touch is a light and gentle touch done in stroking, squeezing and swirling motions that can ease pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression and feelings of isolation. The use of these specific moves on the body can dispel tension, increase circulation and relieve muscular pain. The comfort it provides is invaluable.