Bringing Music & Melody To The Forefront
Since the dawn of mankind, it’s been known that human beings intuitively respond to music, rhythm, and melody. And research supports the notion that music therapy has the ability to impact mood, behaviors, focus, and so much more. At Melodia Hospice, we’ve witnessed first-hand just how powerful music therapy can be for patients under hospice or palliative care, and we’ve worked to make it a staple of our innovative and proprietary care model.
Our Approach To
All of our patients under hospice and palliative care will receive conventional care, in addition to our innovative music therapy specifically designed to help them connect to their inner selves and finally achieve the spiritual harmony and peace of mind that they deserve at this stage of their lives.
In order to ensure that our music therapy is most effective in helping our patients improve their mental states, we work to first assess each patients’ receptiveness to music therapy. We gauge their unique tastes and preferences in music, we look to identify their favorite genres of music, as well as their preferred delivery method, like live music, speakers, or headphones, and most importantly, we look to target that sense of nostalgia.
Throughout our time in developing this program, we’ve amassed an extensive music collection that spans the genres of jazz, classical music, rhythm and blues, folk, soul, and even religious music. And to help ensure that we are effectively targeting the unique preferences of each patient, we use state of the art technology to assess their moods before, during, and after listening.
Our approach to music therapy goes beyond simply playing our patients’ favorite songs for them. Our approach is rooted in our history, backed by research, and facilitated through state of the art technology to ensure that the benefits are clear, tangible, and measurable.
Targeting Nostalgia To Guarantee Added Comfort
One of music’s most important characteristics is that it has the ability to generate that feeling of nostalgia in us. But what exactly is nostalgia capable of? For most, nostalgia generates an intense feeling of comfort because it evokes a powerful sensational response in our bodies that has the power to bring us back to a particular moment in time that stuck in our memories, even subconsciously.
Smells, sounds, tastes, images – all of them have the ability to increase our level of comfort and provide us with a brief moment of mental respite, so that we can forget about things like pain, anxiety, stress, or worries and simply immerse ourselves in a powerful memory that leaves us feeling comfortable.
Our music therapy targets this feeling of nostalgia to help increase the comfort level of each of our patients. In order to do this, we’ve included live performances as part of our music therapy care plan. On a periodic basis, live musicians are invited into our patients’ living spaces for a private musical performance. Our musicians are trained, passionate, and as caring as they come, and they want nothing more than to provide each patient with a one of a kind musical experience that helps to remedy their symptoms – even if just for a few moments.