Oxford HealthCare is pleased to announce the addition of Hospice Music Therapy. Oxford Hospice is the only full service hospice and palliative care program in the area, and only one of a few hospice programs in the state to offer Hospice Music Therapy.

Led by music therapist Emily Keeling, Hospice Music Therapy offers many benefits to hospice patients.

“Everyone has that ‘one song’ that is a very unique experience,” said Keeling. “Music therapy addresses non-musical goals with music. It adds quality of life, helps with pain management, and I have even helped write a goodbye song.”

As part of the Hospice Care Team, Keeling collaborates to identify patients that can benefit from music therapy.

Funded by grants from the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks and the Cox Foundation, Oxford’s Hospice Music Therapy is another part of Oxford’s continual focus on bringing the most advanced care available to patients in their homes.

“We are so excited to offer our patients and their families this additional service of music therapy. With music therapy, we can assist with many aspects of the patient’s journey. Just a few examples include: anxiety, depression, loneliness, pain, and assistance with funeral as needed,” said Tresa Marlow, RNC, Director of Hospice for Oxford HealthCare.

Oxford HealthCare, an affiliate of CoxHealth, is the leading home health care agency in southwest Missouri providing the care individuals need to remain in the comfort of home.