MASSAGE THERAPY FOR THE HOSPICE CLIENT
Registration starts at 8:45am each day. Class on each day starts at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm with one hour for lunch (on your own) and two scheduled breaks.
This class will prepare students for working with the senior, elderly and hospice population by teaching them strategies on how to adapt their massage to match the aging and dying population. During this course, the student will develop the understanding necessary to use the skills they already possess to work with these populations. In this course, the massage therapist will learn the history of hospice and how to work within a hospice organization as well as tap into their own awareness of what dying and death means to them. Students will gain the knowledge of targeting massage treatment(s) that best benefits clients by helping them gain immediate relief and long term improvements in movement thus improving their wellbeing for the senior population. Each participant will learn the benefits of touch for the hospice client and how to massage a client at the end of life. Students will learn how to adjust their body mechanics, what they might have to work around in a hospice room, (example- cathedrae bag, arm braces, hospital beds and wheelchairs.) Students will also acquire new proficiencies to add to their skill set which will help them navigate working with a rapidly growing senior population. Participants will discover methods on how to evaluate clients focusing on contraindications, skin fragility, muscle contraction and prevalent body issues. Then students will study how to document for a hospice company or for themselves in private practice. Class also includes marketing tools and the difference between working for a hospice company and working as a contractor.