Program length may vary, depending on time spent doing each activity.
Participants in the Program
Therapeutic drumming benefits groups of all sizes, with larger groups being more successful with a greater amount of facilitators. But for any size group it is always best to have two facilitators (Either both as co-leaders, or with one as the leader and the other as facilitator.)
- All levels of functioning are encouraged to attend, even those who are in late stage dementia, and those who have little to no motor activity; excluding those who may be violent, vulgar, or who may otherwise endanger other participants.
- Resident demonstrates discomfort by verbal outbursts, agitation, or repeatedly leaves (or asks to leave) the group.
- Resident complains of or appears to be in pain, and rhythm activities seem to exacerbate the pain.
- One staff member serves as the leader (or primary facilitator), with two or more additional staff as facilitators, who model and monitor residents
- Two staff members serve as co-leaders
- It is important for staff to keep in mind simple leadership techniques when working with residents who have dementia.
Click here for Tips on Getting Attention and Keeping it! (PDF, 49KB, 1pg.)
- Always remember: The more facilitators, the better!
Physical Environment and Equipment Required
- Set up the room with chairs in a circle.
- Swivel stool for program leader.
- Have tapes / CD's with music and player, or have music ready.
- Review program methods.
- CD in player, instruments.
Sample of Rhythm Instruments for Group
- bongo drums
- conga drum
- hand drums
- paddle drums
- frame drums
- mallets (pair)
- rhythm sticks
- shaker eggs
- tone blocks
Instruments can be ordered by catalog:
- Sam Ash Music: www.samash.com, 1-800-472-6274
- Guitar Center: www.guitarcenter.com, 1-866-498-7882
- West Music: www.westmusic.com, 1-800-397-9378
Forms to Assist in Care Planning
- Sample ID Care Plan (PDF, 78KB, 4pg.)