My pain melts away as I get absorbed into the music. I look at the iPod the same way I look at my pain medication. It’s a boost to my pain medication. Everything calms down when I listen to my iPod.
You don’t know how much you’ve changed my life when I go and sit for four hours having dialysis, that I can now listen to the music I love.
Understandably, most things here are done to us or for us, attending to our security and our health. But the iPod program is done with us, and that makes all the difference.
Our residents have improved mood, brighter affect, increased socialization, etc. They tend to verbalize and sing more after listening to their iPod.
I especially enjoy seeing a particular resident wheeling down the hall doing what staff call ‘the wheel chair boogie’ and singing to Roy Orbison or Jerry Lee Lewis.
Patients with anxiety and depression are less agitated and appear calmer. The music transports them to a happier place in their minds.
It is wonderful to see the participants ask for their iPod from the staff like they would a glass of water. That is culture change!
Families are excited about how some of their loved ones are more engaged in conversation, in better mood, and actually awake and more engaged throughout the day.
One gentleman who had a diagnosis of failure to thrive actually gained weight and began taking an interest in the world after he started using the device.
We have had veterans burst into tears after receiving their iPod. Tears of joy.