There are not many of us who do not respond to music in a positive way, whether it be pure enjoyment of just listening or recalling where we were or what we were doing when we hear a particular piece of music or song. Research suggests that music is one of the last functions of the brain to remain active within dementia patients. Music can therefore be a very powerful; tool which can be used to recall past memories, especially when dementia patients listen to songs that have special meaning to them.
Music is very powerful in stimulating past memories and research is currently looking at the enormous benefits music can have on dementia patients. Our innovative personalised playlist project is primarily aimed at helping individuals with advanced stages of dementia.
We are able to provide an MP3 music player loaded with up to ten songs which have significant meaning to the patient, for example music that perhaps evokes such things as:
- Fond memories of past family events;
- Family holidays;
- Happy childhood memories;
- Places once travelled to;
- Memories of loved ones;
- Memories of past career;
- Happy times in their life.
Recent research also shows that whilst listening to music, dementia patients can experience reductions in:
- Non pharmacological management of pain and discomfort;
- Reduction in staff time and intervention with the patient;
- Increase ability to communicate.
If you know a person living with dementia who you feel would benefit from the use of a personalised playlist we would be happy to provide more details.
We initially carry out a need consultation with care staff / healthcare professionals to assess suitability through our needs analysis questionnaire. Once we have identified a need / benefit we can then arrange for the equipment to be supplied and a playlist of songs to be loaded onto the player.
In some cases we are able to subsidise the cost of providing the player, associated equipment and songs or even provide the player and songs free of charge where a lack of financial support is identified.
We are also pleased to be able to offer the new ‘Simple Music Player’, please visit our products page for more information. The Simple Music Player can also be subsidised ,or provided without charge in some cases, where specific need and lack of financial support is identified.
For more information on how we can help please us our contact form (here)
Telephone: 0780 682 7164 / 01234 772 632