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Compassionate Touch: A NonPharmacological Approach that Responds to and Prevents Stress Reactions

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Date Published

October 8, 2020

Publisher

Ohio Health Care Association

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Summary

What is Compassionate Touch®?

Compassionate Touch® is an approach combining skilled touch with specialized communication that’s shown to be a powerful nonpharmacological tool that reduces behavioral expressions in people with dementia and end-of-life while strengthening care partner relationships. A must learn skill for staff during COVID-19 given the restriction on family visits.

Why Compassionate Touch®?
Compassionate Touch® is a cutting edge skilled touch program that:

  • Is Feasible - Easy to learn | Practical to integrate into care practices
  • Is Effective - Eases physical and emotional distress that leads to behavioral expression and resistance to care
  • Empowers care partners with a personalized approach to connect, calm, and comfort people at all stages of dementia
  • Reduces caregiver stress and burnout | Builds strong relationships
  • Supports person-centered core values and philosophy

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify the effects of touch deprivation in older adults
  • Describe how skilled touch enables care partners to connect and communicate in new ways with people with dementia
  • Explain the clinical impact of expressive touch on behavior, pain, and anxiety of people with dementia
  • Discuss the protocol for using CT in the new environment of COVID-19

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Presenters

Julie Boggess, CDP, LNHA,
Director of Grants and Consulting Projects - AGE-u-cate Training Institute

Julie has 31 years of experience in the Senior Housing and Healthcare Industry and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator,... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

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Credit

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How to Attend

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Technical Requirements
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