Tips for Using Music Therapy for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease
Pieces of evidence suggest that music therapy is an effective treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s. It has been known to provide many benefits to the behavioral and emotional aspects of the patient. Some of its benefits include:
- Decrease patient’s agitation
- Keep patient more relax
- Relieve stress and pain
- Reduce the risk of being depressed
Moreover, the marvelous benefits of music therapy extend to our caregivers at A Caring Home Care Services, who put so much effort and energy in taking care of these patients. They too can feel less stressed and anxious with their job while listening to music.
There’s no denying it – music therapy can indeed lighten up anyone’s mood. This would help a lot of our caregivers in our medical care for the elderly Clarksville communicate effectively to these patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
More than the benefits are the tips you need to consider when using music therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s what you need to take note of:
- The song or music to be played
If you are not sure, approach the patient and ask about his or her preferences. This would deepen your knowledge about the patient, having known what kind of music he or she enjoys. You can also ask suggestions from the patient’s family or close friends. By playing the kind of music the patient loves to hear, you evoke pleasant memories when the patient was still younger.
- Set the mood
This is one of the ways that you can boost the patient’s mood. You can do this during mealtime or bath time. It can be a routine! To boost the mood of the patient through music, choose something that is livelier.
- Get rid of overstimulation
Always remember that when doing music therapy, remove competing noises from the surroundings. Overstimulation is a no-no in music therapy. As much as possible, close the door or turn off the radio. You have to remember that people with Alzheimer’s often have a hard time hearing. Keep the volume low or just keep it based on the patient’s hearing ability. Too much noise can create confusion on the part of the patient.
- Move their body
What’s best about music therapy is that you can clap along with the beat. The caregivers in our Alzheimer’s care facilities in Clarksville love to dance with these patients. Don’t forget to feel the beat with them. It’s going to be so much fun – the most enjoyable therapy perhaps!
- Create memories together
It’s boring to just clap along. Why not sing along too? Being a caregiver at A Caring Home Care Services is not mainly about taking care of patients, assisting them with daily grooming, running errands, preparing meals and the like. It is also about having fun too! Consider singing along to the song you and your patient are listening to. Doing this can enhance the mood and relationship too.
If you like music therapy for your loved one, here’s how you can contact A Caring Home Care Services:
- Toll-Free: 1-855-656-7705
- Offices: 931-378-5331
- Fax: 931-378-5332
- Email: email@example.com