We have a lot of experience with how personalized music improves quality of life for people in nursing homes. But there are many other care settings where the Music & Memory program can make a huge difference:
Staying in the hospital is stressful and, often, painful. Listening to favorite music can help patients to relax, get needed rest and manage pain, among other benefits. Personalized playlists are being used successfully in ICUs, ERs and to ease hospital stays for older patients. Learn more
Learn how favorite music is helping to reduce anxiety- a precursor to delirium- in hospital trauma centers.
The core mission of hospices is to ensure quality of life through the end of days, for both individuals and their family members. Favorite music can play a significant role in that mix, tapping happy memories that balance loss. Creating personalized playlists and delivering equipment to patients are also meaningful volunteer activities that meet Medicare hospice requirements. Learn more
Here’s how personal music has eased end-of-life transitions for individuals and their families at Barnabas Health Hospice in New Jersey.
Hundreds of Assisted Living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities are using Music & Memory to help residents get more enjoyment out of life as they “age in place.” Favorite music is all the more helpful for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or living in Memory Care Units. Making a personalized playlist for a loved one can also be a deeply meaningful experience for a partner. Learn more
Here’s just one example of how personal music made life more manageable for a father in assisted living and his adult sons.
Adult Day Programs
For adult day program participants, personalized playlists can ease transitions, provide a meaningful activity for people who prefer their own company, and help to relieve staff from those who would otherwise demand one-on-one attention. Music & Memory helps to create a relaxing social environment for everyone. Learn more
Personal music is even more powerful when participants can enjoy their playlists as they move through different care settings.
Care Settings for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Residents of state-run IDD care settings have complex medical and behavioral issues. They may have lived in a state facility since childhood. Cognitive conditions, medical complications and mental illness, as well as agitation, self-injurious behaviors and other issues may be part of the mix. Personalized playlists can make a significant difference in quality of life.
Wisconsin and Texas have taken the lead, using Music & Memory to improve the lives of those with IDD in their care.
Home Care agencies are discovering how personalized playlists can significantly improve their ability to help their clients. Musical favorites can ease transitions, provide relaxation, help the caregiver get to know their client on a more personal level, and make it easier to sit in a doctor’s waiting room or deal with other anxiety-provoking activities. In some communities, Alzheimer’s Associations are providing support for creating personalized playlists and delivering equipment. Learn more
Here’s how Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati introduced Music & Memory to seven clients living at home.
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