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Nursing homes that are moving away from a traditional medical model of care in favor of a social model have also investigated incorporating holistic eldercare advances into their environments.

lavendar aroma therapyRecent advances include:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Sensory stimulation rooms

Each of these areas of holistic interest has been met with success in nursing homes around the country. The Institute for Caregiver Education has led many of these initiatives, and we are currently involved in outcome measurement projects to determine their success.

There are many benefits as a result of holistic eldercare initiatives. These include:

  • Fostering well-being without medication
  • Building strong bonds between caregiver and resident
  • Reduction in weight loss, pain, agitated behaviors, sleeplessness and falls
  • Increased resident and staff satisfaction