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Complementary Therapies for Older People in Care


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Introduction. 1. Support Aids, Special Needs and Communication. Part 1: Support Aids and Special Needs. A Visit to a Nursing Home. Safety and Security. Communication with the Nursing Staff. Information and Data. The Client. Client Assessment and Reports. Part 2: Prostheses and Support Aids. Prostheses. Catheters. Colostomy Bags. Oxygen Masks. Braces. Dentures. Walking Frames. Walking Sticks. Wheelchairs. Motorised Wheelchairs. Motorised Scooters. Mobile Lounge Chairs. The Bed. Mobile Bed Trays. Drinking Cups. Part 3: Communication and Understanding the Needs of Frail Older People. Moving Into a Nursing Home. Dealing with Dementia. Privacy Issues. Empathy and Sympathy. Detachment (for the Therapist). Death of a Client. Communication Impairment. 2. Medication, Illness and Nutritional Impairments. Part 1: Medication and their Side Effects. Side Effects to the Skin. Side Effects to the Fingernails and Toenails. Side Effects to Facial Hair Growth. Part 3: Illness and Disabilities. Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Beauty Therapy for Clients with Dementia. Hairdressing Tips. Natural Therapies for Clients with Dementia. Parkinson's Disease. Beauty Therapy for Clients with Parkinson's Disease. Natural Therapies for Clients with Parkinson's Disease. Cardiovascular Disease. Cerebrovascular Disease. Beauty Tips for the Therapist. Heart Disease. Arthritis. Beauty Therapies for Arthritis Sufferers. Osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Gout. Natural Therapies for Arthritis Sufferers. Multiple Sclerosis. Treating a Client with MS. Diabetes. Emphysema. Chronic Bronchitis. Pneumonia. Vision Impairment. Cataracts. Glaucoma. Pterygium. Age-related Macular Degeneration. Hearing Impairment. Part 3: Nutritional Impairment. Teeth and Dentures. Importance of Water Intake for Older Persons. Social Dining for Low Care Residents. Tips for the Therapist. 3. Hygiene Practice. Personal Hygiene. The Client in the Salon or Clinic. Hygiene Care for the Therapist. Equipment Hygiene. Hygiene Standards in the Salon or Clinic. Linen Hygiene. Linen for the Salon and Clinic. Packing the Cosmetic Bag. Hygiene Tips for the Client. Pathogen Prevention Procedures. Sterilisation. Disinfection. Method of Disinfecting Equipment. Sanitisation. Sanitising Units. Infections and Immunity. Bacteria. Viruses. Fungi. Immunity to Infection. Immunisation Concerns for the Therapist. 4. Fingernail and Skin Care Tips. Common Fingernail Problems. Coloured Nails - What Do They Mean? Treating Hands and Fingernails. Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover. Simple Tips. Common Skin Disorders in Older Persons. Safety Tips for the Therapist. 5. Cosmetics, Essential Oils and Beauty Therapy. Understanding the Use of Cosmetics and Essential Oils. The Use of Sorbolene Creams. Application of Cosmetic Creams and Lotions. What Cosmetics Should I Use on my Client? Selling Cosmetics in Aged Care Homes. Facials. Working Around Beds, Chairs, Wheelchairs and Lounge Chairs. Before Giving a Facial. A Facial for Frail Persons. Makeup. The Eyebrows and Colour Tints. Eyelash Tints. Makeup Application. Makeup Tips for Older Women. Waxing for Older Women. Facial Hair Problems. Safe Waxing. Waxing Facial Hair. Manicure Tips. Step Guide to a Basic Manicure. Coloured Nail Varnish. 6. Natural Therapies for Older People. Introducing Therapies to a Client. Preparing for the Massage. Massage to the Head, Neck and Shoulders. Giving a Full Body Massage to an Older Person. Using Essential Oils. Herbal Infusions Used for Hands and Foot Spa. Creative Visualisation. Colour Therapy. 7. Reflexology and Face Reflexology for People in Care. What is Reflexology? What is the Difference between Reflexology and Acupressure? How Does Reflexology Help? Foot Chart. Face Reflexology. How Does Face Reflexology Work? Contraindications. Reflexology Face Charts. Face Reflexology Reflex and Pressure Points with Basic Head Anatomy. Face Reflexology for Frail Persons. Chinese Face Reading and Acupressure. Conclusion. 8. Home Visits and Hospital Visits. Home Visits. Visiting a Client. Client Contracts. The Client at Home. Hospital Visits. Palliative Care Clients. 9. The Code of Ethics and the Delicate Balance. Confidentiality. Referrals. Case Studies. When Not to Treat a Client. Conclusion. References. Further Reading. Useful Websites.

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Invaluable information for complementary and beauty therapists working with older people in care

About the Author

Sharon Tay is a beauty therapist and natural therapist who has worked in the industry for eighteen years. She specialises in health and beauty care for women of all age groups, particularly with older women residing in both nursing homes and private residences. She is a mother and a grandmother. Sharon lives in Lenah Valley, Tasmania and spends most of her leisure time in the garden or walking along the tracks of Mt Wellington and other bush tracks in southern Tasmania. She is the author of The Carer's Cosmetic Handbook: Simple Health and Beauty Tips for Older Persons, published by JKP.


This is an essential handbook for practitioners who have recently started working - or are training to work with - older people in care, including in care homes, hospitals and in palliative care. -- International Therapist
Sharon is one of those rare people who instinctively understand the three basic needs of everyone: to grow, to be successful and to be appreciated, and she uses her experience to help other carers, and aspirants, make those needs better met in the elderly...She understands that if one can find what these needs mean to each person, life can be greatly improved, and she has prepared this text to share her wide experience with others. -- Dr Alasdair Diarmid Ross, former Director of Public Health for Tasmania
In The Carer's Cosmetic Handbook, Sharon Tay provides a most useful and informative guide for those caring for older people (and some younger ones too) who wish to provide simple beauty treatments. In this recent publication Complementary Therapies for Older People in Care, Sharon has gone a large step further, detailing the minutiae of setting up and providing a mobile beauty and complementary treatment service, suitable for an inexperienced practitioner going out on their own. With her accessible, conversational style, such a practitioner could feel that Sharon, with her depth of experience in caring for frail people, was right beside them, guiding them in the safe, respectful provision of treatments. The chapters on hygiene, sanitation, self-care and safety are very detailed, necessarily, as these important subjects cannot be over-emphasised. But what shines out of every page is Sharon's deep compassion for those in care, and her wealth of experience. Fortunate indeed are those clients who have been the recipients of her care. This book will go a long way in encouraging less experienced practitioners to take on the challenge of providing caring treatment to "the forgotten ones" - those in care. -- Dr Ann Miller, GP with a particular interest in complementary therapies, Victoria, Australia

The book, Complementary therapies for older People in care, is a companion for complementary and beauty therapists working with older people, who are looking for information and practical advice on the issues that can often be overlooked in training... The book covers advice on assessing older clients for suitable treatments; communicating effectively with clients, relatives and care staff; adapting treatments for clients with particular health conditions, including dementia; working around beds, wheelchairs and medical equipment; hygiene and safety; and ethical considerations. Guidance on how to use specific complementary therapies and techniques with older clients, including reflexology, aromatherapy and massage, is also highlighted.
With useful examples and explanatory photographs throughout, the author gives new practitioners the confidence and practical strategies needed to provide treatments that are tailored to the particular needs of older people.

-- Ageless Magazine

With useful examples and explanatory photographs throughout, the book gives both experienced and new practitioners the confidence and practical strategies needed to provide treatments that are tailored to the particular needs of older people.
The book includes: assessing older clients for suitable treatments; communicating effectively with clients, relatives and care staff; adapting treatments for clients with particular health conditions, including dementia; working around beds, wheelchairs and medical equipment; hygiene, safety; and ethical considerations... provides guidance on using specific complementary therapies and t3chniues which includes reflexology, aromatherapy and massage... There is also a very useful and extensive index with links for further resources and reference material for all areas covered in the book should you wish to have more information.

-- Footprints

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