Long Term Care & Retirement Facilities

Music Therapy and Long Term Care/Retirement Facilities

Some common reasons for referral to music therapy include:

  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Coping with change/loss
  • Wandering behaviours
  • Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Cognitive decline
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulties with movement
  • Difficulties with verbal communication.
  • Pain management
  • Palliative Care

Why music therapy for Long Term Care and Retirement homes?

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.

You can read about our client experiences featured in the Niagara Falls Review and the St. Catharines Standard


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

Our Mission

We see individuals as social, emotional and spiritual beings, and strive to treat our clients holistically to address these areas. Through fostering a therapeutic relationship and implementing our musical interventions we encourage our clients to access and integrate all components of their holistic selves, improving quality of life and meeting healthcare goals.

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