Good communication between doctor and patient can lead to better outcomes and a greater satisfaction in treatment. Check out Talking with Your Older Patient to learn:

  • How to interact with patients with hearing and/or vision impairments
  • About managing older patients with multiple illnesses and medications
  • Ways to approach sensitive topics, such as driving or end-of-life planning
  • Best practices to help older patients experiencing confusion or memory loss

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  • How to approach sensitive subjects like driving or end-of-life plans
  • Best practices to help older patients experiencing confusion or memory loss
  • How to interact effectively with patients with hearing and/or vision impairment

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Sometimes, we treat our seniors like our children because we serve them and take care of their basic needs. But it is good practice to always ask permission.

As I was giving massage to a client who said yes when I asked her if I can give her a massage, I was able to include grooming and ensuring the health of her skin.

We can identify other areas in the body that needs attention such as the feet and nails.

I noticed that she is due for a podiatrist appointment and request for more body lotion to heal her dry skin.

Massage allows growth of body cells.

I always train our caregivers to pay attention to the skin and massage service to senior clients. As I massage the client, I was able to inspect her skin and her beddings and added baking soda to the mattress. I used a mixed oil with eucalyptus for her massage oil.

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