Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift Ann Catlin
I once had the privilege of presenting at the National Association of Health Care Assistants annual convention. More than four hundred nurse assistants from thirty-two states gathered in Tulsa to learn and renew, not to mention to have a little fun together. I was struck by the heartfelt dedication these folks have
By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Become a Culturally Competent Practitioner Ann Catlin OTR, LMT
Decades ago I was an occupational therapy intern in a hospital in Iowa. One day my supervisor called a meeting where she told her staff about a new patient—not something that typically triggered a meeting. But this was not a typical patient! He was the elder of a gypsy family. The
As a licensed massage therapist and Compassionate Touch® Practitioner, I have witnessed the transformation that can occur when intentional touch is offered, enhancing quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.
The woman, withdrawn and thought to be non-verbal, who looked me in the eye and said “thank
I once received a massage that stands out in my memory. The space was beautiful and inviting. The therapist was attentive as we visited prior to the session. It had been a while since I’d gotten a massage so I was really looking forward to this time to let go and renew. I was happy to relax on the warm table a few minutes waiting for the session to
I’m a brain/behavior geek from way back. In college in the 70’s as an occupational therapy student, I added a semester just to take more psychology classes. An internship was spent living and working at a large state mental hospital in Wisconsin. Loved it! My first jobs were in acute psychiatric units. Loved that, too. There were ten years
In my last article, I presented an understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD), its symptoms and current medical treatment. Now we’ll take a look at how massage and other bodywork may play an important role in managing symptoms and offering those with PD a better quality of life. I’d like to challenge you to ponder what it means for a person
More people over 60 are turning to massage therapy for self-care and to help ease symptoms associated with chronic ailments. If you have clientele in this age group it’s possible that you will eventually have a client who is living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It’s estimated that at least 500,000 people are diagnosed in the United
Ann Catlin presented a session entitled Sensitive Massage: A Meaninful Bedside Activity. In attendance were eldercare professionals from several states. The session was a "mini workshop" where attendees gained awareness of the importance of human touch in caregiving as well as techniques they can implement immediately in their facilities. "It was an honor
Some think compassion is an attribute reserved for spiritual leaders. (Think Mother Teresa caring for the poorest of the poor in the streets of Calcutta.) But compassionate presence isnít just reserved for people who travel a moral high ground. Itís something we all can cultivate and draw upon when life calls us to the bedside to care for someone in need.
Located in the beautiful community of Moorestown, NJ, Brandywine Senior Living has joined us as our newest training site. Brandywine is a very attractive continuing care retirement community that offers independent, assisted and skilled care as well as specialized dementia care. We will hold our Level 1 Workshop; Level 2 Practitioner Training and the