Long Term Care & Retirement Facilities
Some common reasons for referral to music therapy include:
- Coping with change/loss
- Wandering behaviours
- Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Cognitive decline
- Difficulties with movement
- Difficulties with verbal communication.
- Pain management
- Palliative Care
Accredited music therapists are trained to use music and musical elements in order to reach clinical goals.
The music therapist can provide residents with an alternate form of expression through the use of musical interventions which can help them work through depression, agitation, isolation, or repressed issues causing physical or psychological symptoms.
Music is able to stimulate many different areas of the brain offsetting the effects of neurodegeneration. Music is able to evoke memories that individuals would otherwise be unable to access.
Singing/vocalization, song-writing, music listening/song discussion, movement, instrument playing, improvisation are some interventions used to help individuals meet specific health care goals
Common health care goals in Long Term Care/Retirement facilities
- To decrease agitation/wandering
- Increase engagement/sustained attention
- Increase/maintain range of motion
- To maintain vocal control
- To promote reminiscence
- To allow opportunity for non-verbal self expression
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