Well Being — 03 April 2015
Hospital services pamper recovering patients

By Jana Soeldner Danger

Many hospitals today offer luxury services that go beyond typical medical treatment. They are designed to make clients feel pampered, and they often take a holistic approach to recovery.

At Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, the Lavender Spa at the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Center offers manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, makeup applications and massage. Patients staying in the hospital can get bedside services.

“We’re all busy, and if someone can come in for tests and also get a manicure and pedicure, it’s a time-saver,” manager Pia Delvaille says.

A medical spa at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross Healthplex in Fort Lauderdale offers similar services, as well as acupuncture, micro-dermabrasion, chemical peels and oxygen treatments.

“We want to provide a whole patient-centered experience,” manager Chrissy Turner says.

Cancer patients especially may need pampering to restore their feelings of well-being, and medical facilities are stepping up to the plate.

Patient Kathleen Ducasse found help at the Image Recovery Center at Memorial West in Pembroke Pines, which offers a variety of services to make patients feel better about themselves. Ducasse has purchased wigs there, and regularly gets manicures and pedicures designed to be safe for cancer patients undergoing chemo.

“Getting a manicure and pedicure makes you feel good,” she says. “When you’re getting chemo, you need all the feel-good you can get.”

At Holy Cross, volunteer Isabel Fugate makes weekly visits to the infusion center to administer mini facials.

“It gives patients the hydration and moisturizing they need,” she says.

Among the services at the Maroone Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston is art therapy. Patients create projects that help them deal with treatment and recovery.

“A patient might paint or decorate the immobilization mask used during radiation treatments,” says Dr. Steve Roshon, director of the center. “It can help them put the experience behind them.”

The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health System in Deerfield Beach and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Plantation, part of UHealth, are among the facilities that offer the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program in which volunteers provide makeup tips and other help for patients whose physical appearance changes during treatment.

“When they leave a session, they feel like they really do look good,” says Alyssia Crews, executive director of cancer support services. “When you look good, you really do feel better.”

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