Nursing Home and Hospice
Nursing Home and Hospice
Mobile Services for Patients and Staff
Many of my complementary therapy skills are really beneficial to older people and the sick, which is why I offer a mobile service whereby I visit elderly, sick or infirm clients in nursing homes, hospices, hospitals or, in certain circumstances, at home.
On Site Therapies
How Does it Work?
For residents/patients, I offer reflexology, aromatherapy massage and Indian head massage with the consent of the patient or a relative.
For staff, I offer therapeutic massage to tackle RSI or musculoskeletal problems, as well as treatments aimed at reducing stress and tension.
At the request of the resident or a family member, I can treat the individual or do group sessions for patients who are not bed-bound. Group sessions work very well – the soothing music that I play and the aroma from the essential oils that I use combine to create a calm, uplifting and therapeutic atmosphere for all the residents.
I generally treat hospice patients with very gentle reflexology. It seems to help the patient on his or her journey and gives some comfort to family members and loved ones that they have somehow helped the patient at their time of need. I have found this to be a very powerful and moving experience.
From time to time, my regular clients find themselves hospitalised for one reason or another and I have treated them during their period of hospitalisation. The therapies I provide can greatly advance the healing process and create a feeling of well-being. I normally follow a hospital treatment with a home visit if their recovery requires them to be house bound.
Where a patient (such as post-surgery patients, the elderly, incapacitated or disabled people) has a physical disability that prevents him or her from attending my clinic, I will carry out the therapy at their home.
Benefits of massage, aromatherapy massage and reflexology for older people – and their carers!
REFLEXOLOGY is a simple, non-invasive treatment that rebalances the person on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is a truly holistic treatment. Reflexology works by targeting the weak areas to assist the body to heal itself. It is exceptionally good for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. It can be particularly soothing for hospice patients – very gentle reflexology seems to help them on their journey. Go to my reflexology page for more on this amazing treatment.
MASSAGE can lead to:
- The release of soft tissue restrictions
- Swelling reduction through manual drainage
- Management of pain, for example post-surgery
- A reduction in stress and anxiety
- Improvement in sleep
- Blood flow stimulation, which can bring down blood pressure, aiding relaxation
The role of human touch on well-being cannot be underestimated. It conveys compassion and a sense of connection, which can lift mood and reduce anxiety.
Cancer and Massage
The Institute of Cancer Research in London carried out a study in 1994 with 54 cancer patients who underwent an eight-week course of massage. They reported significantly reduced anxiety and decreased physical and emotional symptoms. Around 100 hospitals across Britain now offer massage to cancer patients.
Types of massage for older people, the sick and their carers
Specifically, I recommend the following types of massage for older people, the sick and infirm and their carers:
The aim of an Indian head massage is to release the stress that accumulates in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, neck and shoulders. It helps increase joint mobility and flexibility, improving blood circulation and lymphatic flow. This one is great for carers and staff as it relieves stress, tension and headaches. More on Indian Head Massage.
Massage with rich-smelling pure essential and absolute oils restores psychological and physical well-being. I carry out hand, foot, leg, and face massage for residents and patients. Find out more about aromatherapy massage.
For carers, I offer back, neck, shoulder and arm massage. I can of course focus on problem areas for carers such as lower back or neck pain. Find out more about sports massage.
To arrange a mobile therapy, you can reach me on 086 3893413.