To our healthcare professionals who continue to feel the impact of the pandemic, thank you for your continued efforts. If you are looking for in room activities to help reduce isolation and distress, please know that we continue to do everything we can to help certified organizations remain connected and equipped with the best resources for providing personalized music where it’s needed most.
In 2020, Music & Memory hosted a webinar for certified organizations to share ideas and updates regarding best practices for providing personalized music during this crisis, including methods for quickly starting a Music & Memory program, hygiene standards, music discovery in the age of social distancing, and additional support options and materials for immediate use. Watch the recording: COVID-19 Support Webinar. Download the guide: MUSIC & MEMORY® Hygiene Recommendations.
Download from our list of free genre-based playlists for use at home. Genre based playlists are not a substitute for a personalized playlist, but they do make for a solid starting point and something to build from during the music discovery process.
For more information about how to make a personalized music playlist, please see our free guide How to Make a Personalized Playlist for a Loved One at Home.
For certified organizations, please be aware that we offer a Tablet Engagement Training which is free for your entire team. This 60-minute live webinar provides instructions for combating social isolation using tablets, via a combination of social engagement apps and personalized music. For more information, please visit our training page.
Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program
One of the most heartbreaking realities of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the disconnection between residents living in senior living communities and their families. CMS, through their Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Reinvestment program, is making it extremely easy for skilled nursing communities to purchase tablets to help address this isolation. This initiative has been structured to make the application easy to complete and there are no reporting requirements if you receive funding.
Here are the main criteria:
- You are a skilled nursing community that is eligible to receive Medicaid funding for your residents.
- You are allocated up to $3,000 per community, with a ratio of one tablet for every seven to ten residents.
- You commit to use the tablets to reduce isolation, primarily through video chat.
- You have a sufficient level of internet connectivity throughout your community.
- Submit the application to your state CMP contact*.