No matter your age, many of us can recall a song that brings back a feel-good memory. And many times, it’s a memory surrounded by those you love. Music has a way of bringing people together—with a catchy beat and a few relatable verses, music not only entertains us, but can help soothe the body, both mentally and physically. These comforting qualities have specifically been studied in hospice patients, and the statistics are incredible. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of music therapy for hospice patients.
Music therapy is often used as a comfort modality in hospice to decrease pain and suffering making the last weeks and days as meaningful and pain-free as possible. Music brings comfort and can reinforce one’s spirituality and beliefs, especially when bedridden and unable to be with their faith community. Often music therapy can be combined with chaplaincy visits too.
Music therapy can reduce depressive symptoms in older adults. Studies have shown that when music therapy is added to standard hospice care, there is a considerably positive shift in the patient’s quality of life thanks to the increased brain stimulation. Music encourages hospice patients to move, tapping toes, clapping hands, even singing along which has therapeutic benefits. These sessions encourage the participant to communicate and engage with their caregivers and lessen the feeling of isolation.
Music therapy supports the wellbeing of both the mind and body. Triniti Home Health & Hospice provides patients with a variety of services to maintain pain management and provide comfort, one of them being music therapy. Call us today to learn more about our music therapy program.