Music therapy services are valued by residents and staff in Retirement Residences and in Long Term Care facilities.
Why engage a qualified music therapist?
Accredited music therapists are recognized by the health care system for the quality and scope of their training and ability to provide quality service. Registered psychotherapists have additional training and experience and are regulated health professionals through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
In long term care, we are qualified to access and document in your charts.
Why Music Therapy?
- Music therapy improves quality of life in dementia care and with residents with other chronic conditions, by engaging them in singing, toe tapping, musical instrument playing and sharing their life stories.
- Music therapy helps reduce isolation and depression through social interaction geared to the individual’s interests, tastes and abilities
- Music therapy engages individuals emotionally through familiar songs, specifically chosen for the client and based on their responses and preferences, promoting self-expression and supporting self-worth.
- Music therapy supports cognitive stimulation through singing, discovering new songs and instruments, and engagement in interesting discussions that have relevancy to their life and family history.
- Music therapy supports sense of self and identity in the residential environment as services are personalized drawing on the resident’s history and interests.
- Music therapy services are relevant to the end, with palliative care available.
On the science side:
Music participation has been shown to stimulate production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, helping with motor skills for people with Parkinson’s disease and supporting a good night’s sleep. Musical engagement also stimulates endorphins for a fun time!
Music therapy is also shown to reduce the need for drug interventions to control behaviors when services are provided on a regular basis. See an article about a recent study: Reducing Antipsychotics helps Improve the Lives of Seniors in Care
Services to Retirement and LTC Residences:
- Groups that get the residents motivated, participating, sharing stories of their lives, talking about their experiences as well as singing, and playing simple musical instruments. Residents love it! Programs can be weekly, monthly or on a seasonal basis and theme based to be relevant!
- Groups can be either formal or informal, creating a relaxed, musically rich social environment that facilitates social engagement.
- Mindfulness oriented Sound Healing group sessions using the voice and singing bowls to support spiritual and holistic wellness are available. Book six sessions for once a week or every two weeks and see the benefits.
- Individual services can be funded by the facility or made available affordably on a fee for service basis for 15 -25 minute sessions, with a minimum of two hours of total service.
- Memory and Dementia Care: Music therapy draws on individual interests, and elicits response! Skilled use of musical instruments and songs supports self-expression, sense of identity, and cognitive, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Skilled music therapy has been proven to reduce anxiety and wandering, support identity, validate the whole person and increase quality of life.
Mary is lonely and depressed. Her dementia, physical condition and depression make it difficult to motivate in regular programs. Her eyes light up as she sees me. I see her on an individual basis, and have been learning the songs which are memorable for her. Some songs remind her of her life and she shares snippets of stories. Others, support her feelings and allow her to know her feelings are heard. I hand her the xylophone and her eyes light up as she focuses her attention on improvising a melody, while I support her on the guitar. (composite portrait)