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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
June, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 06
Opening Doors to Eldercare and Hospice
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
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 therapists who want to work in eldercare or hospice. But the people whom massage may benefit the most -- and who make up a big portion of this market -- are often embedded in a system that is full of intimidating obstacles for the therapist. They are behind the doors of long-term care and hospice organizations. You may discover that the door into these organizations seems closed -- closed not because you lack skill or passion for the work, but because you don't know the system and its jargon or how to get past the gatekeepers to the potential client. This article offers a key to open that door: knowledge of the system and how to navigate through it to help you succeed in expanding your practice to eldercare or hospice settings.
Types of Eldercare and Hospice
First, you must become familiar with the various types of eldercare or hospice organizations: assisted living, skilled nursing (nursing home), continuing care retirement and hospice.
Assisted Living The emphasis in assisted living settings is to support mentally or physically limited persons who need help with activities of daily living, but do not need the skilled medical care provided in a nursing home. Facilities consist of private rooms or apartments as well as common areas. These facilities provide 24-hour staffing, meals, housekeeping, social activities and limited nursing services such as management of medications. Some assisted living facilities provide specialized care for elders with Alzheimer's disease.
Skilled Nursing (Nursing Home) People enter a nursing facility usually as a result of illness, injury or mental or physical debility that requires 24-hour nursing care and continuous assistance with activities of daily living. Some require this level of care temporarily, and then return home. Others require permanent care. Facilities consist of semi-private or private rooms, a common dining room and social areas. Services include 24-hour nursing and personal care, meals, psychological and spiritual support, and planned social and recreational activities. Physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as specialized care for those with Alzheimer's disease, may be available.
Continuing Care Retirement Community This is typically a campus setting with multiple levels of care including independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. Residents can remain in the same community even if their needs change. Communities provide an array of services and amenities including dining, housekeeping, recreational activities, health care services, personal care assistance and nursing care.
Hospice is not a place but a concept of care. Eighty percent of hospice care is provided in the patient's home, family member's home and in nursing homes. Inpatient hospice facilities are sometimes available to assist with caregiving.
Most of these organizations will not have considered massage as an ancillary service. The following questions will be on the mind of a potential employer--be proactive in answering them.
How does massage help our residents or patients?
Not all administrators share your awareness of the benefits of massage. Remember that YOU are the expert on how massage therapy impacts the body, mind and spirit. These points will make a convincing case.
1. Massage alleviates aches and pains, resulting in:
2. Massage increases circulation, contributing to:
3. Massage provides tactile stimulation, which:
4. Massage induces a relaxation response, leading to:
5. Compassionate and caring touch supports emotional well-being by:
6. Focused touch enhances spiritual well-being, resulting in:
"It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can improve the quality of life for those in hospice and palliative care." AMTA evidenced-based position statement 2009
How do massage services benefit our profession?
Eldercare and hospice organizations are in business, too. They will want to know how massage services will improve their bottom line. Tell them that an organization that offers massage:
How does massage therapy help meet federal guidelines?
Massage services can be integrated into the resident or patient's plan of care. Documentation of your service contributes evidence of:
Who pays for massage therapy services?
The answer to this question lies in the structure of the agreement you have with the organization. You may be hired as a staff member, in which case you would be paid a salary to provide massage with or without employee benefits. More likely, however, you would be brought on as an independent contractor. In this case, there are two possible options for payment.
Option #1: The organization pays you an hourly rate for a set number of hours per month.
This offers them two advantages: any resident or patient may receive massage, and they can offer your services as a "value added" amenity, something that may be attractive to their potential customers. The advantage to you is reliable hours of work. The organization may also agree to pay you for staff massages or educational presentations.
Option #2: The organization permits you to offer massage on a fee for service basis. In this case, the resident or patient or his responsible party hires you directly; therefore you would work only with those individuals who have contracted your services. With this arrangement, there is no cost to the organization, which may appeal to the management. The challenge is that you have to attract and retain clients Ask the administrator or director to distribute information about your services. One suggestion is to place
your service brochure in the materials that all new residents or patients receive upon admission. Offer to give a short presentation about massage at family meetings or create a display for the lobby to announce the new service.
Other funding sources may include:
Is a physician's order required for massage therapy?
No. There are instances where you should consult with the physician to insure safety--for example, if the resident or patient has had recent surgery, acute illness, or chemo-therapy.
Can our staff members receive massage?
Care professionals can benefit from on-site seated massage to reduce the effects of job-related stress and prevent burnout. Massage is perfect for incentive programs to reward employees for a job well done! Offer to provide this service on a regular basis.
What qualifications should the massage therapist have?
Provide your license or certification credentials and proof of professional liability insurance. Highlight any specialized training in meeting the needs people in later life stages.
Including this special population in your practice can be professionally and personally rewarding. It requires specialized skills, sensitivity, and compassion--as well as a bit of a pioneering spirit. You can succeed in opening the door to eldercare or hospice organizations and in doing so reach out to those who need your touch.
Eldercare and hospice has its own jargon. Knowing how to communicate with the professionals who serve as gatekeepers in these settings will help you establish credibility and build relationships. Here are some terms that will help you "speak the language:"
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