Residents at Tache Centre enjoy weekly massage and are enriched by interaction with
students from Wellington College.
Tache Centre and Wellington College are located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Participants and staff were interviewed and positive feedback was received by all.
Raymond Kloosterman says, “It’s a great release for the patients.”
It’s true. The feedback is positive. People like Raymond look forward to massage every week for a few reasons. It’s the rapport. Feeling relieved after a treatment, the effects are obvious. He’s more relaxed, and calmer.
The relationships that develop between the students and the Tache Centre residents are very strong and meaningful. The residents are very thankful that these new faces are here to spend time with them.
Receiving a massage is key to feeling relaxed and comfortable. It makes a difference that translates and imprints the lives of the residents.
It is known that weekly massage treatments for people with diseases such as MS or Huntingtons, or those who have suffered through strokes, makes a significant difference in their overall quality of life.
While faced with cutbacks and short staffing, the Tache Centre
staff and its residents feel extremely fortunate to have access to this one-on-one care that would otherwise
not be available. This no-cost service provided by the students is a valuable contribution to their wellness.
“In one particular case, one of the massage students brought to our attention a lump on one of the residents ankles” cites Sikich. “Knowing that the resident suffers with diabetes, it was suspected the lump was an ulcer. Good diagnosis, as after examination by the doctor, indeed that’s exactly what it turned out to be.”
Emma Leveque AKA Sneaky wants the students to know that she, “Thanks them for coming, it’s so nice to know you.” She hates to see them leave. It’s easy to get attached in this environment having made these friendships. This relationship, while being therapeutically beneficial, runs deep. It’s a social connection that they look forward to.
Aimee Clerris, (MT and Supervisor of Wellington Students) reports that, “the students are extremely fortunate to be able to have the chance to experience working with all the different disabilities. They are gaining hands-on experience while, at the same time, developing a new outlook on patient care.”