The VNA’s music therapy program is headed by a board certified music therapist.
The true definition of music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. It provides physical, emotional and spiritual support and offers a compassionate and non-invasive approach to patients and their families receiving hospice care and support.
It is important to remember that patients do not need to be musically inclined or have any musical training to fully benefit from music therapy. The music therapist is trained to facilitate music-based interventions tailored to the individual patient or caregiver.
Benefits of Music Therapy
Music therapy is an effective intervention that meets the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of patients and their families. It uses music to achieve non-musical goals. Taking into account the cultural background and musical preference of the patient or caregiver, the music therapist evaluates the needs of the patient or caregiver and uses methods such as song-writing, singing, music-making, improvisation or movement as a way to achieve these goals.
Emotional and Physical Benefits
Many can benefit from the emotional support that music therapy offers. Often times, we find that it can be too difficult to find the words to express our feelings. The VNA’s music therapist will work with you on developing a song to serve as your emotional outlet.
Music therapy can also help with addressing the physical needs of a patient. Studies have shown that music therapy can help reduce pain and shortness of breath.
Caregivers also benefit from music therapy by seeing their loved one make great improvements in either their physical, mental or emotional health.
During music therapy sessions, caregivers play an active role and are engaged with the patient to help promote meaningful interactions between the patient and their caregiver.