Complementary Therapy Week 2021: Why Complementary Therapy matters at Weldmar
Discover more about complementary therapies at Weldmar – and how you could join the team
Did you know that Weldmar Hospicecare offer patients a range of complementary therapies?
They are all provided free of charge, which work alongside conventional medical treatment and aim to support physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, enhancing quality of life.
This week is National Complementary Therapy Week, and here our Complementary Therapy Lead Jo Pasker explains more about the benefit of providing these therapies to our patients, and also to the staff at Weldmar.
Learn about Complementary Therapy at Weldmar in two minutes
As part of Complementary Therapy Week, we have shared Wendy’s story. Wendy, from Dorchester, is a community patient who attends Day Services at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester, and has embraced the opportunity to take advantage of the complementary therapies that Weldmar offers. Find out how they have really helped her.
Complementary Therapy Volunteers and Clinical Placements
We couldn’t do what we do at Weldmar without our army of dedicated and generous volunteers, and that includes within our Complementary Therapy team.
We’re always on the lookout for more volunteers!
Volunteers support us by providing treatments at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester, both for the patients there and for community patients, who can arrange with their Weldmar Community Nurse to come in for a session. We also support the carers of our patients with complementary therapy, so there is always a demand.
Anyone who is trained in massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, or Reiki is very welcome to join us, and we would consider other therapies too – for example, we have hypnotherapy starting soon with a volunteer.
We can also offer clinical placements, working towards qualifications on courses offered by Butterfly Touch Therapies.
Supporting our staff with Complementary Therapy
It’s not only patients who benefit from Jo’s expertise, but Weldmar colleagues too. Following the first lockdown last year, sessions were offered to staff as part of our commitment to care for our team’s wellbeing during the pandemic. These sessions have been so successful, they are set to continue.
Jo Jury (pictured) is part of our Family Support Services Team, and says, “Never having received Reiki before, I had always been interested in what it was. I had heard from people I have supported over the years telling me about their experiences, I was intrigued. Having the opportunity to try this from Jo through Weldmar, to help with our emotional well-being during the difficulties we have all experienced over the last few months I thought I would give it a go.
“I have to say I had a completely open mind as I had no idea what to expect. Jo put me at my ease and talked me through what she would be doing and some of the effects I may experience. Well, to say it was the most amazing experience would be an understatement. I sometimes find it hard to keep my eyes closed during any treatments, but not this time, I felt so relaxed but euphoric at the same time. Afterwards I felt a sense of calm but also joy from the experience. I would recommend it to everyone, have a go. It was one of the best half an hours I have spent in a long time.”