Background Information : Calvary Hospital

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Background Information: Calvary Hospital
For this professional practice, I decided to interview a professional who deals with the subject of death and dying on a regular basis. The interview was conducted at Calvary Hospital which is located at 1740 Eastchester Road in the Bronx. Calvary Hospital was established in 1899 and works in connection with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. Calvary Hospital is a non-profit institution and it has a total of 225 beds. This hospital is one of the largest which focuses on end-of-life hospice and palliative care. Other programs include inpatient care, pain management, home care with bereavement and support programs for families and friends, therapeutic recreation, and music therapy. All these programs work collectively as one in an effort to help the bereaved family. Additionally, these programs help meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of dying and ill patients.
The therapeutic recreation and music therapy programs help bring meaning to life. Therapeutic recreation is defined as purposeful interventions in a leisure context. At Calvary Hospital such activities include drawing, sculpture, and ceramics projects, horticulture, social hours, games and discussions. These recreational activities help patients feel a sense of accomplishment despite their medical condition(s). Also, these activities help ease apprehension and promote social interaction amongst patients who share common interests. The music therapy…
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