close x

Hospice

Capacitar Practices in a Hospice Setting
Carol Chambers

I'm Carol Chambers from North Carolina and I completed CAPACITAR training at The Center to BE. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling, worked as a trainer and organization development specialist in the federal government for almost 20 years, was a school counselor and teacher for 18 years, and facilitated a group for men living with AIDS in Washington, DC for 5 years. Volunteering and learning energy practices have been recurring themes throughout my life.

CAPACITAR offered me an opportunity to learn many new techniques, then pass them on to others. What a powerful and empowering concept. For many years I have wanted to work with Hospice in some way. Hospice helped my mother take care of my father before he died; my mother died in a Hospice Center; and Hospice helped my brother's partner care for him before he died. Now that I am retired I have the time to give back to Hospice. There are two in-patient Hospice Centers near where I live. The nurse/director in charge of the in-patient centers has gathered a group of energy practitioners to share their techniques with the nursing staff and at a later date with the patients. I am one of those practitioners.

In November, I taught the nursing staff at these centers several CAPACITAR techniques including Tai Chi, Finger Holds, and the Tapping. The burnout rate for Hospice nurses is one of the highest in the nursing profession. Often, they go home after hours of dealing with death and dying and pain management with little down time and no techniques to help them reground and transition from one part of their lives to the next. Since the average stay for patients at our local Hospice Centers is seven days, nurses are in the midst of intense situations day after day. My goal for teaching them CAPACITAR techniques is to give them resources they can use at any time to ease their stress levels in any situation at home or work.

For these local Hospices using complementary therapies and practices in this setting is new. For that reason, we will document and track how these resources decrease nurses' sick leave and how it impacts the rate of nursing turnover for the in-patient hospice centers. Later when we begin using our practices with patients we will determine what to track and document for patients who receive any complementary therapies. It will be so interesting to see what the results show us. It has been challenging to find words to accurately express how profoundly this CAPACITAR experience has changed my life. I am deeply grateful and proud to be a part of this community.