I am not a certified massage therapist but have learned how beneficial its use is in LTC with agitated and demented residents....I have a fella that practically turns to putty after a few minutes of scalp massage-works way better then any med....and NO side effects..-Lotion to the hands and arms seems to be very relaxing also.Try it the next time you are dealing with a sundowner after you toilet,drink and snack them.Turn the lights down and maybe play some soft music...Let us know what works for your friends in LTC
Mar 30, '04
As a Certified Massage Therapist, I was beyond thrilled to read your post. Yes, massage is great for many LTC residents. It's really too bad that most LTC facilities don't hire a massage therapist or at least allow enough time for CNAs or nurses to do a simple 5 minute hand, foot or scalp massage. Hopefully, someday the "higher ups" will realize how important touch is to our physical and mental health!
Mar 30, '04
ktwlpn, excellent point! We have an RN who is also a massage therapist in my facility now....I don't know how much time she gets to do it, as she just took over the role as charge nurse. When I worked in a dementia unit, I would calm my agitated residents by getting out some lotion and giving them a hand/arm massage. It worked wonderfully! If I had the time while I was supervising, I would do 1:1 with extremely agititaed residents. A hand massage, or back massage worked wonders. For the lady residents, a manicure also worked great.
This should definitely be practiced more in LTC facilities! If only I had more time on the floor to do this often for my residents......
Thanks for sharing!
Mar 31, '04
I love massage therapy! I try to get a message every1-2 months. There was a nurse at an LTC who knew all about massage but didn't have a licensed massage license. She wanted to give the patients massages but was told by management that she couldn't. They said because she wasn't licensed they were worried about getting sued! :angryfire
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