Goals and Benefits
For the resident
- Create feeling of community and belonging.
- Increase social interaction and communication.
- Improve emotional expression.
- Increase sense of organization in time.
- Reduce agitation and anxiety.
- Increase Sensory stimulation.
- Improve physical exercise.
- Improve gross and fine motor skills.
- Improve cognitive function including attention, short term memory, and ability to follow cues.
- Improve mood.
For the staff
- Awareness of residents' retained abilities to participate in large group.
- Improve working environment and increased ease of care-giving.
- Share pleasurable experiences in an atmosphere of mutually successful participation.
- Strengthen of relationships between staff and of staff-residents.
- Enhance person-centered care.
Benefits of the Program
- Beneficial to all levels of functioning, from early to late-stage dementia.
- When a resident is unable to play the instruments, participation is still possible through body movement, breath, and eye contact.
- Groups of similar functioning levels and groups with mixed levels of functioning achieve positive results.
- Higher functioning residents will often engage the lower functioning residents.
- Residents have the oppurtunity to express themselves and commune with others.
- Improve movement and circulation.
- Increase communication.
- Improve attention and memory.
- Enhance mood and motivation
- Enhance quality of life.