Florida Presbyterian Homes has been selected to the Well-Tuned: Music Players for Health Grant Match Program, a collaborative program between Music & Memory and The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF.) The grant match is provided by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.
The goal of this program is to improve the quality of life and generate a variety of therapeutic outcomes for long-term care residents. “I am thrilled at the possibilities of enhancing our residents’ lives with this program, decreasing boredom, depression, medications, sun downing, and anxiety,” said Maria Rivera, RN, BSN, Administrator. “We are one of 40 nursing homes in 11 states and Canada to have this opportunity to implement a best practice approach to personalized music.”
Total music personalization is believed to magnify the benefits of music for residents regardless of cognitive, physical, or social situation in the following ways:
- Drastically reducing agitation and sun-downing
- Increasing resident cooperation and attention
- Increasing engagement and socialization
- Providing meaningful activity for persons in dialysis, on vent, and bedbound
- Enabling a non‐pharmaceutical approach to reducing pain
Well-Tuned: Music Players for Health will provide Florida Presbyterian Homes with 50 iPod Shuffles, 60 headphones and 50 AC adapters; orientation and training; a regular schedule of conference calls and webinars to support the program for one year; and one-to-one consultation when needed.
Florida Presbyterian Homes will contribute $2,500 towards the cost of program implementation, provide a computer and set up an iTunes account, and will abide by Apple’s Terms of Service as well as record music industry rules regarding digital music. In addition, Florida Presbyterian Homes will evaluate therapeutic outcomes using IMNF’s data assessment.
“This speaks directly to our vision of becoming a national leader in personalized senior living,” said Harry Pettit, Chairman of the Florida Presbyterian Homes Board of Directors.
For more information about the Well-Tuned: Music Players for Health Program, visit http://www.imnf.org/services/category/outpatient-well-tuned-music-players-for-health-program.