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The Power of Human Touch

Compassionate Touch® is an approach using nurturing touch and physical closeness that is meaningful to help elders with dementia live better, happier lives. This method of care's 'closeness' comes in the form of sensitive massage and attentive holding. This type of skilled touch helps meet one of human beings' most basic need, a need that is often forgotten when caring for the elderly or those with dementia. A willingness to touch elders seems to decline as fast as that person ages.

Many with dementia have limits to their senses and processing information. The deliberate, intentional act of human touch can help seniors with dementia thrive. Often a good way to introduce this method to clients is through gentle hand massage. It is common for our hands to have contact with others, so beginning with the hands will help your loved one feel less guarded, more accepting.

Skilled touch is a non-invasive method of providing calm, compassionate care. Trained fully, this intervention can easily be applied by Right at Home Batavia's professional caregivers to help your loved one cope with daily life.

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