In our latest programme, Home Music Care, we visit people who have a form of dementia and still live at home.’ 'Connection', 'distraction' and 'relaxation' describe some of the beautiful and valuable results here. These are some of the effects on the participant, the relatives and their relationships that have also been observed by healthcare professionals. Together we provide musical high spots for people with dementia and their loved ones and their case managers.
The target group of this programme is people with a form of dementia – or symptoms thereof – and their loved ones who are still living at home. They do not have to have a musical background, and we make no distinction in age or cultural background.
Our preference is for people whose case managers or general practitioners feel that music can distract or uplift them from their situation or can bring something that can no longer be done with words.
An average of eight sessions take place with two professional musicians or a musician and a music therapist. They visit every two weeks for about an hour, each time on the same day and at the same time.
Embrace Nederland provides the project leader, musicians and music therapist. The time investment required of care workers is an average of 1 hour per week by a case manager or district nurse.
The following findings stem from pilot sessions with a couple whose husband has dementia:
- The participant was more 'in the moment', ‘more energetic and showed old behavioural patterns before and after the sessions.
- The participant could express his inner restlessness through the piano.
- Listening to music via an iPod offered the partner some peace and moments of happiness.
- The sessions also evoked emotions about the sometimes complicated situation at home.
- Music offered the couple a lot of positive energy, as well as cheerfulness and distraction.
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