Music Therapy Facts

Continuing on in our Music Therapy Theme, I thought it would be a change of pace to just list off some facts and myths about Music Therapy.  Enjoy!

  • Music Therapy is part of the special care that is hospice.  It assists the clinical side of hospice and the bereavement side of hospice care.
  • Music therapy is an established health care profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals of all ages.
  • Music therapists for hospice are board-certified professionals. They are certified to determine strategies for pain relief and emotional care.
  • The music therapist is an important part of the team of hospice caregivers.
  • Increasingly, hospices nationwide are seeing the value of music therapy to hospice care.  The care is helpful for both families and for the patient.
  • Music therapists provide personalized therapeutic sessions for individual hospice patients or whole family groups.
  • Music therapists often work hand in hand with hospice bereavement specialists.  Sometimes they provide support to those not associated with hospice care, just as bereavement specialists do.
  • State of the Heart Hospice is one of two hospices (out of over 100) in Ohio to have a music therapy intern program.
  • State of the Heart Hospice normally has two music therapists that serve the agency’s three program areas.
  • Music therapists must not only have a degree in music therapy, they must also complete 1,000 hours of clinical training.
  • Music therapy is not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. State of the Heart picks up the cost of music therapy.
  • State of the Heart has a music therapy video which explains more about the music therapy program.
  • Presentations to community groups can be made about music therapy.
  • Music therapy meets clinical needs such as relaxation, guided imagery, song writing and instrumental improvisation; planning memorial services with favorite family music, creating a family history on CD’s featuring music  that has meaning to the family and patient.
  • Music  therapy promotes wellness; manages stress, alleviates pain, enhances memory, improves communication, promotes physical rehabilitation, and enables the patient to express feelings.
  • Music therapy is available to all hospice patients and to others who need the services of the music therapists.
If you or your social group would like to know more about Music Therapy and how it can help those suffering from a life-limiting illness, consider asking one of our Speakers to your next group meeting. Contact the office nearest you today!

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