Wardipedia – 72. Complementary therapies

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Hands on healing Introduction Hand massage, head massage, aromatherapy, reflexology…. Whatever the technical healing properties of different complementary therapies, there’s no question that patients find these experiences soothing and pleasurable. Wards are increasingly offering complementary therapies by suitably qualified practitioners, whether: Staff Ward staff Physios OTs Volunteers Experienced but pre-qualification practitioners The (excessive but don’t […]

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ACTIVITIES

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Activities – social, recreational, physical Wards are now offering patients a rich assortment of individual and group activities, from book clubs to tours of the local football club. These provide patients with not just stimulation but also comfortable social contact, skills and interests’ development, improved self-esteem – and increased safety! The National Audit on Violence […]

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INVOLVEMENT

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Involvement – and information, inclusion, influence, independence The 5 ins. All crucial ingredients in inpatients having a therapeutic, empowering, admission which equips them well for maintaining their stability when they’re back home. (OK. We’ve stopped doing the in- thing now.) The fact that the government are very keen on patient autonomy isn’t a strong enough […]

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EMPATHY

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Empathy – for self and others The quality and skill of empathy is threaded through every one of the 77 Ideas, including this specific bunch. Ward staff carry out very non-random acts of kindness through every shift, as well as all those additional and spontaneous acts of generosity which punctuate patients’ time in hospital. Many […]

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