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This three-day course is for clinicians who work directly with patients in palliative and end-of-life care who wish to add extra comfort and wellbeing into existing care. The course will be presented as a basic introduction of methods to enhance quality of life.

June 28, 29 & 30
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
HopeWest Hospice Care Center, Room 102
Grand Junction, CO

By attending you will receive:

  • A Certificate in AromaCare training for 18 contact hours
  • Insight into the use of oils and compounds
  • Instruction for preparing your own products and integrating these oils into your practice

About the Presenter, Madeleine Kerkhof
With more than 20 years of experience, Madeleine has succeeded in helping professionalize and integrate complementary therapies in home care, hospices, nursing homes and hospitals in the Netherlands. Her passion and main fields of expertise lie in the care of the most fragile patients in palliative care, care of the elderly and people with dementia.

This course is great for you if you:

  • Are a nurse, social worker, physiotherapist or other professional healthcare worker and preferably work directly with patients in palliative and end-of-life care;
  • Wish to add extra comfort and wellbeing to your existing scope of practice;
  • Are looking for the ideal combination of state-of-the-art knowledge, discussing cases and gaining practical skills;
  • Are willing to give yourself and your clients/patients this gift of a few days of intensive studies that will contribute to your practice;
  • Wish to learn how AromaCare can safely be used to enhance your care for the very ill and dying.

In this course we will offer you the basics you need for safe and effective applications in those days where the focus of care changes from cure to wellbeing at all levels. We will also offer insights on the use of base oils and compounds, 10 essential oils to start with and another 10 to complement those in specific situations, (hand) massage and other insights into applications such as foot baths and diffusion, inhalation and compresses.

About the Program
Day 1 – Friday, June 28
Introducing AromaCare in palliative care, foundations and basics. Botanical aspects, extraction methods and quality of essential oils and CO2’s, the role of scent in the well-being of fragile patients, application methods, safety, a first overview of the 10 most important essential oils and CO2’s of this course.
Practice: inhaler making.

Day 2 – Saturday, June 29
Base oils and compounds. Extended overview of the 20 essential oils and CO2’s. Massage, relevant theory to hand massage.
Practice: hand massage oil making and hand massage.

Day 3 – Sunday, June 30
Putting theory into practice for simple blends and advice in clinical patient care.
Practice: guided imagery exercise.