From Bingo to Massage
Published on December 14, 2015 by ctannehill
Megan Huston, a massage therapy student at Broadview University-Boise, Â has many childhood memories of visiting and spending time with the residents at Plantation Place Assisted Living. â€śMy mom used to work there,â€ť she said. â€śThat place has a lot of memories â€“ I even read off bingo numbers!â€ť
Meganâ€™s experience at Plantation Place came to mind when her pregnancy and special populations class was looking for a field trip to apply what she and her classmates (Teresa Tulloch and Mya Hodges) were learning in the classroom. â€śI suggested it, called, and set it up,â€ť Megan said.
Kerrie Jannelle, a massage therapy instructor and program chair, explained how the visit to Plantation Place Assisted Living enhanced what she was teaching Teresa, Mya, and Megan. â€śThe field trip fitted with the section on working with geriatric clients and caregivers,â€ť
Megan, Mya, and Teresa spent two days with Plantation Place Assisted Livingâ€™s residents and staff and gave massages on couches and chairs.
â€śWe had to adjust our techniques â€“ like the amount pressure we applied,â€ť said Teresa. â€śWe had to be careful of medical issues – like if they were on blood thinners or had kidney function issues.â€ť
The students were a hit with residents and staff.
â€śThey heard we were there and wanted to get involved,â€ť said Teresa. â€śA lot of people were over 90, and I was surprised how mobile they were.â€ť
â€śI was, too,â€ť added Mya. â€śIt also was cool to hear their stories.â€ť
For Megan, the visit gave her a chance to return to a place that had many childhood memories and the opportunity to make new ones as she gave massages to Plantation Placeâ€™s residents and staff. â€śI know they enjoyed it,â€ť she said.
The experience also made Megan think about how she may serve similar populations in the future. â€śOnce Iâ€™m done with school, I want to go to places like that and do geriatric massages.â€ť