Seasons Hospice Pinellas County
Hospice is a way of providing care for a person who is terminally ill. Hospice is not a place to stay, like a hospital or nursing home.
Hospice is a program that focuses on quality of life. It is most helpful during the final six months of life expectancy. Hospice is not a “death bed” service for people in the last 48 hours of life.
Hospice believes in the right of people to know accurately and honestly what is happening to them so they can choose how they want to spend the remaining amount of time in the most purposeful and meaningful ways. Hospice is not a place to send dying people so they won’t have to know what is happening to them.
Hospice is for people who have any terminal illness. Hospice is not just for cancer patients.
Hospice is a way to deal realistically with a fatal disease. It offers the hope of dignity and comfort. Hospice is not a resignation to hopelessness and helplessness.
Hospice is a family-oriented program that helps families and/or friends care for their loved one in the home. Hospice is not a substitute for the family or the family’s care.
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and many other insurance providers. No patient is ever denied care if he or she is unable to pay. Hospice is not expensive.
Hospice neither hastens nor prolongs death. Hospice lets nature take its course. Hospice is not euthanasia.
Seasons Hospice offers Music Therapy - Throughout life, sound affects our physical and emotional well-being. It affects vital functions that we think are beyond our control. These include heart rate, blood pressure, respirations and release of the body’s natural painkilling chemicals.
Even when people are no longer conscious or speaking, we can console and comfort them with music. Research has shown that music is the first external outside sensation that registers with a developing fetus and the ability to hear and benefit from music is the last of the senses that registers with a dying patient.
The use of music enhances our lives as a means of teaching, celebrating and expressing ourselves and has been in place for thousands of years. During World War II, music was used to calm shell-shocked soldiers. Since then, the introduction of music in a variety of rehabilitation and palliative care settings has steadily increased.
The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as “…an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages.”
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is proud to be the largest employer of Board Certified Music Therapists in the world. We offer Music Therapy as a core service to every patient at every site. To see an example of music therapy in action, please watch the short video below, “Mr. Gregg, the Life of the Party”: https://vimeo.com/240891008