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Should AINs Be Providing Therapeutic Massage To Frail Injured Residents?

Assistants in nursing are being asked to massage elderly aged care residents, even those who are injured, according to a HelloCare reader.

The reader has told us that AINs are expected to massage residents for five minutes in the course of daily personal care, and for a total of 20 minutes each week.

“This was unheard of when I first started (working in aged care),” our reader said. “Only a trained physio was allowed to massage the resident’s very fragile body.”

AINs are expected to provide ‘therapeutic massages’ for residents with injuries, the reader said.

“If they have a sore shoulder, for example, we need to fill out the appropriate form of ‘Therapeutic Massage’,” she said.

Only Qualified Professionals Should Massage Aged Care Residents

Vanessa Jessup is the chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s gerontology physiotherapy group, and is an advocate for achieving the best health outcomes for aged care residents.

Ms Jessup told HelloCare that it’s not appropriate for AINs to massage elderly aged care residents.

“It is important that a qualified health professional, such as a physio, is engaged to provide massage to aged care residents,” she said.

Physiotherapists Can Recognise Co-Morbidities

“Physiotherapists are able to recognise and understand the multiple co-morbidities and modify and tailor the massage to the resident’s individual needs, to ensure safety and quality care,” Ms Jessup said.

Ms Jessup acknowledged that AINs play an important role in providing social and emotional support to aged care residents.

“We know that touch can be healing, but not all touch and contact is the same,” she said.

Inappropriate Massages Can Cause, Or Worsen, Injuries

If older people are massaged inappropriately, there is the potential to worsen injuries or cause grave illness, Ms Jessup said.

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