Fusion AromaTherapy™ in Palliative and End of Life Care
3-Day Intensive Course - June 21-23, 2019
Fusion AromaTherapy™ is Madeleine’s integrative approach to aromatherapy, using conventional essential oils and base oils and compounds, as well as CO2 extracts. Using CO2 extracts is still relatively new, compared to conventional aromatherapy. Madeleine has worked with CO2 extracts for almost 15 years, slowly but surely building up a wealth of knowledge and experience in their use and successful blending for her work with the frailest of people.
Is this course right for you?
› Are you a health care professional involved in End of Life Care (nurse, aromatherapist, massage therapist, or other professional at the bed side)?
› Do you have at least general base knowledge and skills in aromatherapy?
› Would you like to know how you can support patients and their loved ones to the fullest in one of the most intense periods of life?
› Would you like to study with well-known and worldwide respected expert Madeleine Kerkhof?
› Would you like to become one of the exclusive health care professionals certified in the Knowledge Institute for Integrative and Complementary Care’s course programs for the very ill and dying?
If the answer to these questions is "yes", we would love to see you in Atlanta!
This course will lay the foundations for offering extra wellbeing and symptom relief for the very ill and dying, using well founded essential oils and CO2 extracts, alongside base oils and other aromatics.
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We begin with basics on palliative and end of life care and how aromatherapy can play an important role in complementing existing standard care.
Focusing mainly on symptoms of the mouth and digestive tract, followed with a more in-depth study of different skin issues in the palliative stages.
For example: highly sensitive skin due to steroid use, wounds and wound care, bed sores, itching, etc.
You will learn which base oils and other basic compounds are (proven) effective and which aromatics can be used to relieve symptoms, aid the healing process of mucosa, scars and wounds, or alleviate symptoms if curing is no longer an option.
You will have an opportunity to make your own cream or lotion.
Today we focus on other general symptoms in palliative care such as dyspnoea, and a large portion is designated to pain, using the model of Loeser. We pay attention to all dimensions of pain and what role essential oils and base oils can play.
You will also learn about the added value of CO2 extracts in combating pain. You will be making your own pain relieving product. We then also discuss other complementary techniques such as guided imagery and carbonated baths and foot soaks to further relieve symptoms
When in palliative stages, people often feel like they are on an emotional roller-coaster. We look at anxiety, depression, feelings of despair and sleep disorders and help you determine which essential oils and CO2 extracts and applications can be of great benefit. You will make your own inhaler and massage oil.
We will pay special attention to the very last hours of life.
My name is Madeleine Kerkhof. I own De Levensboom, Centre for Complementary Care and I am the chairperson of Kicozo, the Knowledge Institute for Complementary Nursing in The Netherlands (www.kicozo.nl). It is accredited by the Board of Nursing’s Quality Registry.
Some thirty years ago I trained to be a nurse. The main reason to leave the hospital and nursing, was that I wanted to care for patients in a more holistic way, especially for the most fragile patients and the terminally ill.
After I left nursing I gained a wealth of experience and expertise in natural orientated health care and trained and worked as a herbalist, hydrotherapist and aromatherapist. In 2003 I started my school where I train nurses and other health care professionals on complementary care techniques. Palliative and terminal care have my special interest and expertise. I am passionate about the integration of complementary care in modern nursing care and mainstream healthcare. I am an expert in teaching nurses how to use small, easy to implement techniques to improve quality of life and dying. I work with numerous hospices, home care organisations and nursing homes, of which many have adopted working with essential oils and other complementary interventions, such as massage, relaxation techniques and aquacare (compresses, foot baths etc.).
In June 2015 I published my book on complementary palliative nursing: “Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care. For my book and my teachings I have done much research. I am an advocate of as much evidence based care as possible.
I also produce aromacare products for hospitals, hospices and nursing homes.
I am a member of various professional associations and I am involved in activities of various palliative and integrative networks.
Furthermore I am the chairperson of a registered charity in palliative care.