Vicki Gillmore, Nursing Home Administrator, Elizabethtown, PA
"The value of this training and its implementation for those at the end of life, in pain or with dementia has been incredible."
Compassionate Touch® : Hands-on Comfort in End of Life Care
Compassionate Touch® has specific applications in end of life care. This non-pharmacological approach effectively addresses physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the dying person and may easily be incorporated into bedside palliative care. This “hands-on” training is designed to empower the professional caregiver with the sensitivity, knowledge, skills to incorporate Compassionate Touch® into daily care routines.
Session Description: A six- hour seminar plus two- hour train-the-trainer session.
1. Describe what it means to be a healing presence.
2. Identify specific benefits of Compassionate Touch® related to stages of the dying process.
3. Recognize general precautions in the use of skilled touch.
4. Safely perform three Compassionate Touch® techniques.
5. Assess the response of the touch recipient and modify approach accordingly.
6. Recognize how Compassionate Touch® impacts the caregiver-patient relationship.
7. Demonstrate the ability to teach other caregivers (i.e. family member) how to use focused touch or sensitive massage in the care of their loved one.
- Ability to use skilled touch in bedside care of the dying person
- Three sensitive massage/ focused touch techniques appropriate for end of life care
- Confidence to incorporate skilled touch in daily care routines.
- Giving and receiving Compassionate Touch®.
- A greater sense of meaning in his or her work as a caregiver.
- The mutual benefits of Compassionate Touch®.