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  • Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations

    Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Monday, November 1, 2010
    As a massage therapist, like other health care professionals, you are expected to adopt and uphold standards of practice that serve as "guiding principles" in scope of practice, client relationships, clinical decisions, and business practices. If you choose to work in hospice you enter a complex field of service that exposes you to ethical issues and

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  • Take It From Your Peers: You CAN Get Paid to Work in Eldercare and Hospice

    Take It From Your Peers: You CAN Get Paid to Work in Eldercare and Hospice

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Wednesday, September 1, 2010
    My last article focused on keys to opening doors to eldercare and hospice. If you desire to work in these settings, my guess is you have wondered: 1) How do I get my foot in the door? 2) How do I generate a clientele? 3) How can I get paid? All very valid questions! A few months ago, Massage Today conducted a poll asking two questions: "Do you provide

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  • Opening Doors to Eldercare and Hospice

    Opening Doors to Eldercare and Hospice

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, June 1, 2010
    It's no secret that the fastest-growing segment of our population is over the age of 65 -- and the greatest increase is occurring in those 85 and above. At the same time, there is growing awareness of the benefits of massage for people who are affected by debilitating illness, injury or cognitive impairment. There is clearly a burgeoning market for massage

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  • Connecting With the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

    Connecting With the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Saturday, May 1, 2010
    I remember a woman I'll call Grace whom I visited frequently in a skilled-care facility. She was a lovely 75-year-old woman, and her room was full of paintings she had created over the years as well as memorabilia from her travels around the world. I often would find her walking in the hallway and we would return to her room for our visit. She loved to

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  • Communicating With Stroke Survivors: What Matters Most?

    Communicating With Stroke Survivors: What Matters Most?

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Monday, March 1, 2010
    It is likely that at some point, someone you know - a grandparent, parent, sibling, friend, neighbor or client - will suffer a stroke. It is one leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. I've met literally hundreds of stroke survivors while working as an occupational therapist in rehabilitation programs, and my grandfather suffered a

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  • The Art of Authentic Listening

    The Art of Authentic Listening

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Friday, January 1, 2010
    For most of my adult life I have interacted with people in later life stages living with debilitating conditions. Things like: brain injury, hip fracture, stroke, hearing loss, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and frailty. Interacting with a person with any of these conditions can be challenging. For example, their speech may be slurred, or they

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  • Tips From the Field: Creating a Supply Kit

    Tips From the Field: Creating a Supply Kit

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Sunday, November 1, 2009
    "What supplies should I take with me?" I've been asked this question a lot over the years by massage therapists anticipating work in eldercare or hospice settings. This situation is far different from having an office space with all your supplies conveniently available. Anyone who has ever offered massage at an offsite location can attest to this while

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  • Massage and Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

    Massage and Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, September 1, 2009
    What does the literature say? Mary, an 81-year-old female, has resided in a nursing home for seven months. Her medical history reveals that she has Alzheimer's disease; anxiety (state unspecified); dementia with behavior disorder; insomnia; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis; and recurrent urinary tract infections. She requires a wheelchair because she no longer

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  • Massage and Alzheimer's Disease, Part 1

    Massage and Alzheimer's Disease, Part 1

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
    What would Maslow say? It has been said that in 25 years, the United States will have two kinds of people: those who have Alzheimer's disease and those who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Dementia is a term meaning loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's is the most common

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  • Hospice Massage: What is Our Role at Life's End? Part 2

    Hospice Massage: What is Our Role at Life's End? Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Wednesday, April 1, 2009
    In part one of this series on hospice massage, I explored how massage eases the many dimensions of pain for the person suffering from a life-limiting illness. The value of massage therapy in pain management is an easy association to make. We feel confident in our role of easing pain and can point to concrete reasons why we know massage is beneficial. But

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