Roots & Roads promotes quality end-of-life by supporting research into new approaches to hospice patient care. In the past, Roots & Roads supported a music therapy program, which provided funding for iPods, earphones and music downloads to create an auditory environment to bring comfort to patients.
Roots & Roads is currently supporting a grant that emphasizes non-pharmacological interventions for agitated patients with dementia. Interventions include weighted blankets which provide comfort, shower ponchos which provide modesty, toys and games which provide a sense of meaning and contribution, and many others. Results of this pilot study were published in the Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing and concluded that, “For patients with dementia presenting with behavioral and psychological symptoms, selected nonpharmacological interventions provide significant mitigation of agitation.”