Making Music Therapy Practicable in Nursing Homes: Assessment and Programming for the Care Team and Its Impacts on Wandering, Agitation and Depression.
This innovative music therapy program utilizes a multidisciplinary care planning process led by music therapists, aided and supplemented by direct care staff to provide individualized and small-group music-based activities.
Metropolitan Jewish Health System
Through innovation, compassion and affordable care, the Metropolitan Jewish Health System has brought greater health and wellness to generations of New Yorkers.
How does it work?
The program is designed specifically for residents of nursing homes with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease or related dementias who exhibit symptoms of agitation, wandering or depression. The music therapy team developed six protocols, three of which can be used as recreational activities and are included in an initial two-week intensive program: Music Sing-a-longs, Music and Movement, Music Tonal Activity. The other three protocols are to be used along with specific activities of daily living. Music Assisted Wound Care, Music Assisted Bathing, Music Assisted Range of Motion. Upon completion of the 2-week program, an individualized plan of care will be constructed, and will include techniques for the CNAs to assign residents to the most appropriate music-based program protocol. All the protocols focus on facilitating movement, increasing motivation to engage in treatment, and creating an outlet for expression of feelings.
Why is it successful?
Success indicators result from evaluations, letters of thanks from family members, comments that residents are more upbeat, engaged, and less agitated.
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