Laurie Archer, Nursing Home Administrator Adrian, MO
"I gave a hand massage to calm on of our residents who has Alzheimer’s disease who roams. I caught her as she was winding up to 'sundown'. She sat down and let me 'practice for a class I took'. In ten minutes, she was asleep with her head on my shoulder. No medication was needed that night to calm her down. It was so cool!"
I am a licensed Massage Practioner in Seattle, Washington. My early career included general massage therapy practice and chiropractic clinics. The past five years I have been working full time in a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Seattle on Greenlake. This is the most rewarding work I have ever done. I am involved in the full continuum of care including independent living, assisted Living, memory care, and skilled nursing. I am proud that all residents have access to massage and Compassionate Touch. I also provide services for employees as part of the facility's wellness program. I believe the massage profession is growing in the direction of programs in retirement communities and there is a great need for our skills. We are the ones who make a difference in their days ...... and their moments.