Our Memory Care community is very special in all our Carefree Livings. We are certified providers for Music and Memory. This is a program that was founded in 2010, as a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly through digital music. This program is designed to vastly improve their quality of life. We are very excited to see first-hand the difference this program is making in some of our resident’s lives.
Music is a great tool for reminiscing and recalling the past. A certain song can bring back treasured memories through lyrics or by recalling where you were when you heard the song. Maybe it was a childhood talent show, family holidays, your first kiss, or a wedding song. Music and memories go hand in hand. Recalling past events is a great way to keep the mind active.
Our Music and Memory program is where residents listen to personalized music playlists that we create with input from the residents themselves, their families, friends and our staff.
Some of the benefits this program has seen in the past are as follows:
- It can reduce the reliance on a
nti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications
- It can reduce agitation and sun downing effects
- It does enhance engagement and socialization with family, friends, staff, peers
- It can increase cooperation and attention resulting in a reduction of resistance to care
- It offers an opportunity to participate in an enjoyable fulfilling personal activity
As with all treatments, there are varying results and one approach does not work with all individuals; however, we have seen some wonderful success stories with our residents in our current facilities. We have had individuals who were nonverbal when entering our facility transformed to folks who will sing along with the music and interact with staff and activities in a greater capacity. We have also seen faces light up with delight the moment the music begins, where previously they were unresponsive to normal verbal interactions. This program has been very beneficial for memory care residents to allow for a greater quality of life.
Spectrum’s philosophy of respecting wishes and exceeding expectations has been the driving force behind the success of the resident care-centered approach. The state-of-the-art facilities along with caring staff give residents a comfortable blend of hospitality and first-class health service for those in need.