Offerings

New Dawn Comfort Care offers non-medical comfort care, support and education for the seriously ill and those who love them. Our intention is to help our community to reclaim their right to family directed end of life and deathcare by having access to knowledge, skills and support.

Nurture Your Vessel

Bodywork

As a Certified Massage Therapist, my specialized training in Massage and Bodywork are untraditional in nature in that they focus on the unique needs of individuals facing chronic and terminal conditions and well as their loved ones and caregivers. Aromatherapy and essential oil use may be added to any session by request.

Services

Geriatric Massage Therapy 30 mins $55, 60 minutes $80

Designed to support older adults and those with unique needs to receive safe and gentle massage to help alleviate physical symptoms such as pain and loss of function as well as other symptoms to enhance quality of life. Massage may be provided in a senior living community or home setting.

Palliative/Hospice Massage 30 mins $55 

Description-(take out word “description” and bullet point)Designed to support an individual through the end of life process. Intended to provide caring, present gentle touch and eases the many dimensions of pain and anxiety for the person during his or her journey. Massage may be provided in a senior living community or home setting.

Grief Massage  60 mins $75, 90 mins $110

Description(take out word “description” and bullet point)– Massage sessions facilitated to support clients experiencing grief from loss. Intended to help the client relieve pain, improve sleep and reduce stress and anxiety related to a loss. Massage may be provided in a home setting. In home Grief Massage sessions are made by referral only. 

Chair Massage for Clinical Staff 75/hour 

As a thank you to my community, I am available to offer affordable and relaxing chair massage for clinicians, support staff, and other caregivers serving in senior care, hospital or long-term care environments. 

Gentle Touch for the Dying Training- 5 Hours $249 

If you are a caregiver or a practicing massage therapist interested in discovering the art of using touch to help sooth the body, mind and spirit of those faced with serious illness, consider training with me. Training can be offered on a one-on- one basis or classroom setting. Training includes educational materials, lectures and hands-on training. 

Nurture Your Spirit

Soul Work

Facing serious illness is a highly transformative experience.

As humans, we are complex creatures. As you may know or believe, your soul is something intangible. While we can’t hold it in a physical sense, it is what makes you yourself, your very essence. I am here to support you or your loved one to address common emotional and spiritual concerns at the end of life that may arise such as:

  • Fear/anxiety of death
  • Facing mortality while reckoning with spiritual concerns
  • Understanding death and death pre-planning 
  • Wanting a safe presence without trying to “fix” anything
  • Anticipatory Grief

*Visits for Bodywork or Soulwork may include travel fees if outside of the service area.

Exploring your Relationship with Mortality

Exploring your relationship to your mortality can be a challenging as well as a rewarding experience. I am available to walk with you as we lean into your fears of death and work with them in a supportive and compassionate way. I am available to walk alongside you and to hold space for your anxieties and  fears as a friend and a guide.

Comfort Care Planning

The New Dawn Comfort Care Plan is the heart and soul of New Dawn Comfort Care. This comprehensive Comfort Care Plan, will ensure that the individual facing a terminal illness or end of life journey will receive the type of care and support they want. This holistic plan is created taking into account the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and practical considerations of facing serious illness. Together with the support of Angela, to help support the individual facing terminal illness to be able to live out the rest of their days as fully and as comfortably as possible.

Comfort Care Planning consists of:

  • Identifying supports available 
  • Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and practical needs
  • Legacy projects 
  • Planning for death
  • After deathcare
  • Funeral and disposition  
  • Grief planning

Building a trusting relationship sometimes takes a couple of calls or encounters. I understand that navigating the end of life landscape can be overwhelming and exhausting. For that reason, I will help you and your loved one create a clear yet fluid blueprint or plan of care for your loved one.

Together we will set goals for yours and your loved ones care and comfort. And we will evaluate and reassess them as needed.

The plan of care created with your doula is based on a holistic approach including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your journey.

As a part of your care team, I may offer support holistically in the following ways:

Education and Resources

  • Resources for home care, independant and senior living
  • Provide resources and education for palliative/hospice care
  • Interview questions for hospice (before you decide)
  • Provide consumer information regarding deathcare
  • Empowering you with choices and being knowledgeable of your rights

It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist

End of Life Doula Services
Sliding Scale $45/hr

Includes:

  • Hourly visits wherever you call home
  • Human companionship
  • Caregiver respite 
  • Patient/family advocacy 
  • Legacy project creation
  • Documentation organization
  • Sacred space setting
  • Vigil companioning in the final days/hours before death 
  • Bodycare guidance 
  • Appropriate referrals for additional supports as needed

Physical Support

  • Identifying and managing acute safety issues
  • What to expect during the end of life process
  • How to address comfort in non-medical ways
  • Gentle Touch and Palliative Massage Therapy

Emotional Support

  • Provide a deeper understanding of emotions involved with death and dying
  • Guided visualizations to reduce anxiety, worry and fear
  • Self-care tools to help ground and express emotions
  • Grief support for community and loved ones

Spiritual Support

  • Support completing life review and legacy work projects
  • Designing your sacred space/environment that meets your needs
  • Support creating rituals and practices that support your process in your way
  • Home vigils and family/community lead after deathcare
Advance Care Planning
$99 for up to 2 hours

Have you taken the time to make your wishes known? Would your loved ones and caregivers know your wish if you were unable to speak them for yourself?

If you haven’t yet done so, let’s work together to get it done right.

Advance Care Planning consists of a couple important things. For one,  you have to talk open and honestly with your caregivers about your end of life wishes. And secondly, you must put those wishes in writing by completing legal documents called Advance Directives. 

The benefits of Advance Care Planning are endless, but let’s explore a few:

  1. Taking time to consider your personal values and wishes is a gift to yourself. You can speak for yourself and make your wishes known while you are still able to. 
  2. Planning ahead is a gift to those you care about. Leave the guesswork out during a possible high stress time such as emergency care. 
  3. You will have peace of mind, knowing you have a plan in place for the inevitable. 
  4. If you don’t speak for yourself, someone else will. And you may not like what they decide for you. 
  5. Talking about death is healthy! Considering and discussing your mortality is healthy and may even help you and your loved ones connect on a deeper level.

Advance Directive documents consist of a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney/POA or Healthcare Proxy. It may be helpful to have someone like an End of Life professional help facilitate these end of life planning conversations with your family to ensure you understand what the documents mean, and how to complete them correctly. An attorney is not required to complete these forms! All you need is to have them completed, signed/dated, witnessed and notarized. These forms can be changed later in life, as you and your life situation changes. However, it is important for every adult 18 and older to have these forms completed. We will discuss how to distribute and safely store these documents as well so they are ready when you need them. 

Building a trusting relationship sometimes takes a couple of calls or encounters. I understand that navigating the end of life landscape can be overwhelming and exhausting. For that reason, I will help you and your loved one create a clear yet fluid blueprint or plan of care for your loved one.

Together we will set goals for yours and your loved ones care and comfort. And we will evaluate and reassess them as needed.

The plan of care created with your doula is based on a holistic approach including the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and practical aspects of your journey.

Includes:

  • Moderation of End of Life family conversation
  • Required Indiana Living Will and Healthcare POA  legal forms 
  • Five Wishes Advance Directive booklet 
  • Pre-funeral plan 

FAQ

Q: What does working with you look like?

We will schedule a FREE consultation by phone or video chat via zoom. On the consultation call, I will learn about you, your loved one and the unique challenges you are facing and tell you about the services offered by New Dawn Comfort Care. 

If you decide to continue working with me, I offer 3 follow-up sessions that allow us to put a comprehensive plan into place so the process is not too overwhelming. From there we can schedule visits as often as are needed. 

Each planning session takes about 2 hours. You are in the lead in this process. You will never be pressured or encouraged to work with me any more than you desire to. 

First session– During our first gathering, I will ask some questions to learn about you/or your loved ones needs, challenges and obstacles. I will educate you on the services offered by New Dawn Comfort Care. I will provide basic information for resources that are needed acutely to keep you/your loved one safe. 

Second session– Together we will create a comfort care plan that meets the needs of the seriously ill person and set a visitation or check in schedule.

Third session–  Together we will explore ways you can receive additional support you need as a caregiver along with additional resources and educational offerings provided by New Dawn Comfort Care

Q: Can Doulas work with hospice?

End of Life Doulas do not replace hospice care. Hospice is the medical manager of your loved ones’ care. Doulas cannot dose or administer medication prescribed by hospice. Because hospice is not present 24/7, doulas become an additional eyes and ears for the patient and family that can help bridge gaps in hospice care by:

  • Advocating for additional family education regarding medications
  • Help advocate for adequate pain relief and comfort measures
  • Ensuring you and your loved ones have needed medical equipment/supplies
  • Bridge communication gaps between hospice, patient and family
  • Locate additional resources offered by hospice such as music therapy, chaplain/spiritual care and bereavement

The amount of support I can provide is entirely up to you.

There are no contracts, no commitments and no obligations to work with me.