Aromatherapy, which involves the use of essential oils and massage, can help relieve the symptoms of old age. Varied essential oil mixes have different benefits, with nearly all of them having antiviral and antibacterial qualities.
Small studies have shown that people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia have also been able to find some benefits from aromatherapy, by increasing sleep time and reducing agitation, excessive movement, and wandering. Its gentle, holistic properties make Aromatherapy an ideal therapy to adopt in our home.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils made from natural plant, tree, herb and flower extracts. Typically, the oils are absorbed through the skin by massaging a cream or lotion or by smelling or breathing them in, either through oil burners or applying the scent to a bath or a pillow. It’s been introduced into residential care homes in recent years to help people with long-term ailments such as arthritis, stress, circulatory and respiratory issues.
Benefits of ‘Wonder Oils’
When adopting a person-centred approach to therapy, an aromatherapist will be able to recommend specific oils to complement each resident’s ongoing treatments. The recorded benefits of aromatherapy are vast, with each essential oil providing unique and versatile properties. From alleviating sinuses, flu, and cold symptoms through to enhancing memory performance and improving overall mood. ‘Wonder Oils’ is commonly used to describe this holistic therapy due to the wide varying benefits that come from regular Aromatherapy practice.
Aromatherapy has recently been implemented in residential care homes to help residents. Here are just a few of the many reasons why Aromatherapy can be beneficial to residents:
A Gentle Approach
As the skin thins with age and is prone to tearing, a gentler approach to Aromatherapy must be adopted. When applying oils, the massaging of lotion, cream and topical application onto the body for example, will be gentler.
A Complimentary Therapy
As some essential oils may mix with pharmaceuticals, we always consult a doctor before beginning Aromatherapy treatment to see if there are any evident side effects. There should be no conflict with the main treatment and will always be executed as a therapy that compliments any medical treatment a resident is receiving.
Powerful, Holistic Benefits
Lavender oil in particular is playing a huge role in the studies of the benefits of Aromatherapy and Dementia, and is considered to be among the safest to use, helping to reduce agitation and wandering. By simply dripping oil onto a pillow or massaging into the skin through a cream this holistic benefits has the ability to leave powerful, positive and long-lasting effects.
Exemplary Care, Facilities & Lifestyle Everyday
It is our priority to make residents feel at ease from the moment they arrive at Struan Lodge, regardless of their needs. Set in a quiet neighbourhood near Edinburgh, our home has been specially designed to foster group living. We offer a variety of high-quality amenities as well as a dynamic activities programme that our residents are invited to participate in. There are numerous rooms around the home that provide opportunity to socialise with other residents as well as a variety of activities to keep each day fresh and interesting. Residents can enjoy first-class amenities and live a vibrant life every day thanks to a diverse activities and entertainment programme, as well as regular outings and events. Here at Struan Lodge, we go above and beyond to strike the perfect balance between exemplary care, facilities and lifestyle.
Comprehensive, Person-Centred Care
From the moment residents arrive at Struan Lodge Care Home, our staff go above and beyond to ensure that their stay is welcoming and comfortable. The high-quality care we provide caters to both health and well-being needs as we believe looking after the individual as a whole is vital to ensuring the best care. Led by person-centred care, we work with residents and their loved ones. This approach to care also means we are best placed to tailor individual care plans; our dedication to a continuum of care means care plans are adaptable and change in response to a resident’s medical needs. All types of care takes place in a welcoming environment and peaceful setting, designed to make everyone feel at home in their environment.
We Would Love to Hear From You
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