· Assessing older clients for appropriate treatments
· Communicating effectively with older clients, relatives and care staff
· Adapting treatments for older clients with particular health conditions, including dementia
· Working around beds, wheelchairs, walking frames and medical equipment
· Hygiene, safety and ethical considerations
· Guidance on using specific complementary therapies and techniques with older clients, including reflexology, aromatherapy and massage
· Common pitfalls and difficulties practitioners may encounter, offering encouragement and down-to-earth advice for tackling them.
With useful case examples and explanatory photographs throughout, this is an essential handbook for practitioners who have recently started working, or who 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.'
'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.'
This is one downloadable PDF, which includes the sample 'Client contract for home visits' from page 184 of the book and the sample 'Client contract for nursing home residents' from page 188.