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.