Grant Provides Aromatherapy for Home Health, Hospice Patients

Western Reserve Junior Service League funds program for Senior Independence.

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Senior Independence

We are very grateful to the Western Reserve Junior Service League for this generous gift that will help to improve the quality of life for Senior Independence clients by complementing traditional care plans and creating a positive, healing environment.

Willoughby, Ohio (PRWEB) October 15, 2013

The Western Reserve Junior Service League (WRJSL) is helping provide a unique alternative therapy for older adults in Lake and Geauga counties.

A grant of $2,390 is allowing Senior Independence to implement an aromatherapy program for its home health, hospice, and adult day center clients. Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years to provide relief from illness. The pure plant oils, called essential oils, are typically inhaled or administered directly to the skin.

The aromatherapy program will have particular benefit for those with dementia, pain and agitation. According to an article on the Mayo Clinic website (Brent A. Bauer, M.D.), aromatherapy may lead to improved quality of life, particularly for people who have chronic health conditions.

"We are very grateful to the Western Reserve Junior Service League for this generous gift that will help to improve the quality of life for Senior Independence clients by complementing traditional care plans and creating a positive, healing environment," said Eileen Yates. Yates is the executive director of Senior Independence's regional office in Cleveland.

Potential benefits of aromatherapy may include relaxation and stress relief; mood enhancement; relief of minor discomforts; a boost to the immune, respiratory and circulatory systems; reduction of inflammation; improvements in sleep; and aiding in blood circulation and effective digestion.

How does this work? The Mayo Clinic website said aromatherapy is thought to work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions.

Jane Brodnik, a licensed practical nurse and volunteer coordinator for the Senior Independence hospice program has recently completed requirements to receive the Penn Foster Certificate in Aromatherapy. This certification is important because essential oils used in aromatherapy must be used correctly as some individuals may be sensitive or allergic to essential oils that come in contact with the skin or when inhaled, particularly patients who have pulmonary disease.

The grant from the WRJSL was received in April 2013; now that certification has been obtained, Senior Independence will begin program implementation as soon as possible.

According to the League’s website, the Western Reserve Junior Service League, founded in 1962, is a group of enthusiastic women dedicated to strengthening the community. To date, its grant program has funded more than $950,000 in programs with money raised from the League’s fundraising activities. This is Senior Independence’s fifth grant from the League, with support dating back to 1992.

To learn about volunteering for Senior Independence Hospice, call Brodnik at 440-953-1256.

About Senior Independence
Senior Independence, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS), is one of Ohio's premier providers of home and community based services recognized for quality, innovation and a positive work environment. Statewide, Senior Independence provides services to more than 84,000 older adults, operates 10 adult day centers and manages six senior centers in partnership with local governments. In addition, Senior Independence services are extended nationwide through its iPartners. OPRS is the largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services in Ohio.