Music can truly bring peace. A music therapy session with a Three Oaks Hospice patient is a goal-directed therapy with a person-centered approach. The music therapist uses music to address the patient’s nonmusical goals. The therapist may play a patient’s favorite songs at their bedside to improve their quality of life, or to trigger memories of their past. The therapist can even record the patient’s favorite songs as a legacy gift to their family.
As the patient begins to decline physically, music can still touch the soul. Soothing music played at the bedside of a patient in transition can be used to reduce restlessness, help to regulate breathing patterns, and improve the overall environment of the patient and family.
MUSIC STIRS MEMORIES.
The music that is most effective is the music of the patient’s young adult years. This is music that the patient danced or sang to, music that can unlock memories.
MUSIC AFFECTS MOOD.
Did you know that having a patient play a drum increase heart rate, increase circulation, increase blood pressure, and release endorphins that increase positive mood?
MUSIC SOOTHES MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT.
*Music Therapists are educated and trained to work in conjunction with the Hospice treatment team. They are certified by the American Music Therapy Association as health professionals to be able to work in any healthcare setting and address the physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive needs of the patient.
WHO CAN RECEIVE MUSIC THERAPY?
Patients can benefit from music therapy. Music is non-threatening and universal to every culture, religion, and country and is unique in the ways that it touches our lives.
*Music Therapists are not available at some Three Oaks Hospice Locations