Music in Care – Room 217

1) I don’t have to be musically inclined in order to use aspects of music in care.
2) Every caregiver, professional or not, can implement aspects of music during care (see point #1).

Out of the many, these were my two biggest take-homes from the Level One session.

From their website: Room 217 is a music-based health arts organization and social enterprise.  We provide an innovative approach to health and well-being called music care.  Music care enhances quality of life and improves the care experience.”

In Canada, several converging factors make music care timely:

  • Aging Population – 25% of population 65+ by 2036
  • Dementia – 85% of LTC home residents live with cognitive impairment
  • Person-Centred Care – Care is moving from traditional medical model to more relational model of care
  • Baby Boomers – Boomers have arrived in care settings as caregivers and consumers with high expectations around muisic and care
  • Community-Based – Care is shifting back to the community

How Room 217 is changing care in culture:

  • Leading – Care partners in an innovative approach to care
  • Networking – Communities of learning and practice for mutual support
  • Equipping – Care partners with confidence in music care integration
  • Innovating – Music care methodologies and tools for personal and culture change
  • Inspiring – New ways of thinking and doing care through music
  • Sharing – Insight and knowledge in music and health thought and practice

I can honestly say, this has been one of the most inspiring weeks I’ve had in a long, long time.  Between listening to Dr. David Sheard, then Sarah Pearson from 217, and spending time with all of the other Music Care workshop participants, I am fired up – right down to my very core!

I have a whole new appreciation for music; for sound; for breath.

For more information regarding Room 217 and their incredible services, check out their website here.

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