Personalization, Consistency Key to Effective Music Therapy Programs

January 29, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Using music therapy to reduce residents' reliance on prescription medications requires more than simply playing any music and expecting results, according to an article in the January 2016 Caring for the Ages. Rather, caregivers must identify music from each resident's past that is significant to him or her, according to the article; if residents themselves are unable to communicate appropriate choices because of cognitive difficulties, staff may need to work with their families or even rely on some trial and error based on the resident's age and other factors. In one facility discussed in the article, use of a regular music therapy program helped residents reduce antipsychotic medications and other interventions such as bed exit alarms.

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