Music therapy is an evidence-based, well-established profession. Music is used therapeutically to address the unique physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Our board-certified music therapists are valued members of the care team, who design and implement personalized treatment plans according to patient and family needs. While not appropriate for everyone, music therapy can be effective for both the unresponsive and interactive patient.
Some music therapy techniques include legacy work, song writing, music listening, music and imagery, playing instruments, music and relaxation, and more. This patient-centered, non-invasive form of treatment can empower patients and families who need help with the following:
- Anger and agitation
- Confusion and disorientation
- Depression, sorrow and hopelessness
- Fear and anxiety
- Isolation and loneliness
- Feelings of helplessness or a loss of control
- Family ties, communication and interaction
- Self expression
- Quality of life
- Spiritual Concerns
- Unresolved life issues
Examples of Techniques Used
Music therapy helps patients as well as caregivers and families.
Our music therapists are not just performers; they are trained healthcare professionals. They create goals and objectives for patients, and use music therapy interventions and experiences (listening, composition, improvisation, or playing/singing a familiar song) to achieve those goals.
Music therapists work with a variety of patients. However, when working in the home health and hospice settings, goals for music therapy may include, but are not limited to:
- Stress management
- Pain relief
- Expression of emotion
- Life review
- Breathing control
- Improved self-esteem
- Higher social interaction
Frequently Asked Questions
Families and other caregivers are welcomed and encouraged to participate in music ther-apy sessions. Nothing is expected from the patient or family; they are simply asked to receive the music.
Music therapists don’t play just one type of music. Most often, they will play live music on a guitar, keyboard or another instrument. Music therapists will utilize and learn the music that is most meaningful for your loved one, from old love songs of the early 1900s, to popular music of each generation.
Yes. Research supporting the benefits of music therapy can be found in a variety of medical, psychological, and hospice and palliative journals. You can find out more about music therapy by visiting the American Music Therapy Association’s website at www.musictherapy.org.
Throughout life, sound can positively and negatively affect us physically and emotionally. It affects bodily functions that we think are beyond our control, including heart rate, blood pressure, and release of the body’s natural painkilling chemicals. Even when people are no longer conscious or speaking, we can console and comfort them with music. Research has shown that hearing is the last outside sensation that registers with a dying patient.