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Ann Catlin

Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT is an acknowledged expert in the field of massage therapy in eldercare and hospice.

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All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.
This course is accredited by the following boards:
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.
Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia , South Carolina Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256. 
Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing Assistive Personnel, Florida Board of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants; CE Broker CE Provider #: 50-13256.   
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Massage and Compassionate Touch® in Dementia Care

Contact Hours: 2
Cost: $20.00
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Massage and Compassionate Touch® in Dementia Care
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states (with the exception of Hawaii) recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce professional caregivers in eldercare or hospice and massage therapists to the benefits and practical application of skilled touch as a non-pharmacological, non-invasive and cost-effective approach in managing special needs and challenging behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 
  1. Differentiate Compassionate Touch® from other forms of touch therapy. 
  2. Identify caregiver challenges associated with care of elders with mid-stage of Alzheimer’s disease
  3. Define agitated behaviors and identify possible causes. 
  4. Recognize the significance of the human touch in caregiving. 
  5. Relate the benefits of skilled touch related to dementia care.
  6. Identify the general guidelines of using skilled touch with persons with dementia. 
  7. Simulate a hand massage protocol


Chapter 1: Introduction to Compassionate Touch®
  • Define Compassionate Touch® 
  • Compare Compassionate Touch® to other touch therapies

Chapter 2: Caregiver Challenges in Dementia Care 
  • Common Caregiver Challenges
  • Mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease characteristics 
  • Agitation

Chapter 3: The Human Touch in Caregiving 
  • Types of touch
  • Touch deprivation

Chapter 4: Benefits of Massage and Compassionate Touch®
  • Physical benefits
  • Psycho-social benefits
  • Spiritual benefits

Chapter 5: Research Findings About Massage and Dementia Care

Chapter 6: Touch Session Guidelines 
  • Location
  • Permission and initiating a session
  • Length of session
  • Clothing
  • Precautions
Chapter 7: Hand Massage Protocol 
  • Touch quality and intention
  • Components of a session
  • Hand massage technique instruction

Chapter 8: Case Scenario



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