Help Your Residents and Clients Find Joy Again
Regain Valuable Staff Time for Person-Centered Care
Managing daily pressures and demands—difficult residents or clients, medical emergencies, staffing shortages, must-do paperwork, must-meet regulations—it all adds up to a challenging environment.
All too often, you or your staff may feel like you don’t have a minute to spare, even as you want to spend more personal time with each individual.
But what if you could change all that—regain valuable time, improve residents’ or clients’ quality of life, foster a calm and cooperative social environment, decrease reliance on anti-psychotic medications—while offering uplifting, personal care?
Discover the Healing Power of Personalized Music
Music & Memory’s Certification Program enables you to do just that. Grounded in extensive neuroscience research about how our brains respond to music, tested and proven in more than 140 long-term care facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, our personalized music system has provided therapeutic benefits for thousands of residents, clients and staff. Again and again, care professionals tell us that our program is often life-changing for everyone involved:
- Finally, a way to give pleasure to persons with advanced dementia
- Offers an enjoyable, fulfilling activity for persons in dialysis, on vent or bed-bound
- Increases cooperation and attention, reduces resistance to care—a real boost for staff morale
- Reduces agitation and sundowning
- Enhances engagement and socialization, fostering a calmer social environment
- Provides a valuable tool for the effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications
Help Your Residents and Clients Reconnect to the World
Music is, of course, a popular recreational activity in elder care facilities, with good reason. Residents love performances and sing-alongs. Music uplifts the spirit.
But group-based music programs, while meaningful, are time-bound and designed for broad appeal. Selections are age-appropriate, but not necessarily personal.
By contrast, research shows that personalized music playlists, delivered using iPods or related digital audio devices, have the capacity to transform quality of life for individuals struggling with a wide range of physical and cognitive impairments.
Give the Musical Key to Unlocking Memory
Here’s why: Musical memory is profoundly linked to emotions. These memories are stored deep in the brain. While Alzheimer’s damages the ability to recall facts and details, it does not destroy these lasting connections between a favorite song and memory of an important life event, no matter how long ago.
When individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia hear a melody connected with a meaningful memory, they can re-awaken. Many people who have not spoken in years find words and sing lyrics. They often regain the ability to converse and connect to those around them. The key is a personalized playlist.
The transformation can be nothing short of miraculous. Meet Henry, who spent years locked in his mind by dementia, as he listens to his Music & Memory personalized playlist:
How the Music & Memory Certification Program Works
As a Certified Music & Memory Care Facility, you and your professional team of caregivers will learn best practices for how to set up and manage a system for providing a personalized playlist for any resident or client who might benefit.
A series of three 90-minute webinars, taught by Music & Memory founding Executive Director Dan Cohen, MSW, will enable your team to create a facility-ready iTunes library, efficiently manage many resident playlists, handle equipment and security concerns, integrate personalized digital music into your daily care plans, and evaluate the program’s effectiveness.
Here’s more of what you’ll learn:
Webinar I: Getting Started
- How those we care for benefit from personalized music
- How personalized music helps persons with Alzheimer’s—the science behind the transformation
- What researchers have discovered about personalized music as a therapeutic tool
- Which members of the leadership team need to be involved, and how
- How to overcome initial staff concerns
- How to modify Activities of Daily Living
- How to secure program support from community groups
- When and how to manage behaviors with fewer medications
- How to measure program success
Webinar II: Setting Up Your iTunes Library and Personalized Playlists
- How to set up and manage personalized music in your care facility within the boundaries of legal music sharing
- How to create a totally customized playlist for each individual, even if she has no voice
- When and how family and staff should be involved to help with playlist creation
- How to use your facility’s collection of CDs and acquire additional music to set up and manage an “industrial strength” iTunes library
- How to update your library and ensure that music is easy to find and retrieve
- Going beyond the music: How to help individuals gain access to the Bible, audiobooks, podcasts, TV shows, movies and apps
Webinar III: Acquiring and Managing iPods
- How to obtain free iPods and the resources to pay for music
- How to engage family and community volunteers in an iPod collection drive
- Best practices for iPod and headphone storage, maintenance and hygiene concerns
- How to minimize loss and theft
- How to teach elders to use and care for their iPods
- Access to and use of support forms, documents and marketing materials via Music & Memory’s Cloud storage (Dropbox)
Bonus: A Full Year of Coaching Support to Ensure Your Success
As you and your professional team develop your pilot Music & Memory program, we will provide a full year of coaching support via monthly conference calls and one-to-one consultations, as needed. Our goal is to ensure that your care facility launches a successful program that can be expanded over time to meet the needs of all.
Train Up to Two New Staff Per Year at No Additional Cost
As a Certified Music & Memory Care Facility, you and your professional team will become part of our growing network. Benefits include:
- Training of up to two new staff per year, at no additional cost
- Designation as a recipient site for Music & Memory volunteers and iPod donation drives in your area
- Eligibility for donated iPods and iTunes cards that we obtain through our national collection drives
- Access to our Best Practices Resource Bank of marketing materials, forms, policies and procedures that have been tested and proven in our certified facilities
- Participation in and results from our program evaluation and assessment research; benchmark data and state-of-the-art best practices
- Listing as a Certified Music & Memory Care Facility on our website, a great resource for families seeking care facilities that offer our program in their communities
Gain Back Valuable Time for Personal, Quality Care
The hours that you and your team invest in creating a Music & Memory personalized music program at your facility will be paid back as you enable residents to feel happier, more social, less anxious—just more able to enjoy life.
Across more than 50 Certified Music & Memory Care Facilities, we hear the same feedback:
- As residents or clients listen to their playlists, you’ll experience a mood shift: less agitation, fewer demands for attention.
- Staff and residents or clients enjoy a continuous flow of unexpected, positive outcomes.
- Individuals are calmer, engage in more appropriate social behavior.
- Staff feel energized and uplifted as once-remote individuals come alive and reconnect.
- Individuals look forward to listening to their iPods as a valued activity.
- Family and staff are able to connect in a more meaningful way with their loved ones around music and memories.
- A more peaceful social environment, where individuals are engaged in the personal, independent activity of listening to their own music, significantly frees up staff time and energy.
Matching Grants for Non-Profit Care Facilities
The total cost of the Music & Memory Certification Program is $1,000, plus the cost of equipment, for a total of about $2,000. Non-profit care facilities are eligible to apply for a $600 matching grant to help cover start-up equipment costs, including 15 iPods (10 shuffles + 5 other iPods, new and gently used), 15 headphones, 15 AC adapters, and iTunes gift card ($50).
Your certification training program includes:
- Orientation and training in a 4.5 hour course (three 90-minute webinars) taught by Music & Memory founding Executive Director Dan Cohen, MSW
- Monthly conference calls to support your program for one year
- One-to-one consultation as needed for one year
- Training of up to two new staff per year, at no additional cost.
Individual proprietary facilities must supply at least 15 iPods to initiate training. Discounts are available for groups of facilities under the same ownership.
Upon successful completion of the training program, your facility will become a Certified Music & Memory Care Facility—proof to residents, clients and their families that you are at the forefront of person-centered care.
Fall/Winter Webinar Schedule
December 10, 11 12 1:00-2:30 EST
January 14, 15, 16 1:00-2:30 EST
February 11, 12, 13 1:00-2:30 EST
—Dan Cohen, MSW, Executive Director and Founder, Music & Memory