What Are Integrative Health & Integrative Care Services
Eliana's Light is supporting integrative health for children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers through the provision of integrative care services. Eliana's Light refers to the following definition of "integrative health":
By "integrative care services", we are referring to approaches, techniques, tools, and therapies that have been shown to reduce stress, pain, fear, trauma, anxiety, and/or depression in both children and adults. Examples include acupuncture; aromatherapy; essential oils; Healing Touch; massage; meditation; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); music, art, and play therapy; Reiki, and other related healing modalities. They may also include mental health support, marriage counseling, and other types of support that a particular individual or community needs as part of taking a holistic approach to achieving wellness and well-being. Complementary care approaches, techniques, tools, and therapies can be used alongside necessary medications and medical procedures.
When a child is in-patient within a medical facility and receives integrative care services, the literature within this field often refers to the hospital as having an "Integrative Medicine" program and the patient receiving "Integrative Medicine". As Eliana's Light is supporting greater access to a range of safe and appropriate integrative care services for children and their caregivers within the hospital setting, within the community, and at families' homes, we are using the term "integrative care services". This term encompasses the specific type of healing approaches we are supporting as part of our broader support of integrative health for children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers.
We advise that caregivers collaborate closely and communicate often with their child(ren)’s doctor(s) in order for an appropriate and continuous integrative care services program to be designed for the child. We recommend the adult caregiver also discuss the caregiver’s health and well-being with her/his own doctor; and seek integrative and complementary care specialists as necessary to develop a care plan that boosts the caregiver’s strength, immune system, and well-being. Integrative and complementary care specialists should be licensed and certified as appropriate within their professions.