6 tips to bring music and joy to your aged care workplace

9 Mar 2015 8:02 AMDPT DPT

Learn how to make your aged care workplace livelier and more enjoyable by checking this blog for some helpful tips and techniques.

Has playing your favourite song lifted or changed your mood instantly? - well for our elderly residents it’s no different.

As nurses one of our many responsibilities is to keep our residents/clients comfortable. Music is a powerful comforter and can access memories of good times.

Music will take your clients back to the good old days. It’s been shown to calm agitated people and help as a memory trigger for dementia patients.

Even your own singing as you are helping with personal care or making a bed in a resident’s room, can be joyful. More people will enjoy it than not and it shows initiative on your part - that little extra effort will not go unnoticed.

Other tips to use music are:

~ Always put on the radio or a CD if you are in a room – ask permission if possible. If a relative has left CD’s in the room then play them.

~ If there is no Radio go to SBS Chill its on TV channel SBS Radio 1 (different times of day

~ Encourage residents to attend concerts where professional entertainers showcase all the old tunes

~ In Brisbane and the Gold Coast, tune the radio to 89.3 4CRB that plays only songs from 50’s and 60’s & 70’s. In other locations, find the station near your workplace or ask other staff

~ Sing while you work – learn the old style songs. Doing this for your residents is a little thing to you, but could brighten up their day

~ Use your phone to access old time songs from the 40’s-60’s to play to your residents

Here is a lovely article on music being popular as a dying wish written by a Palliative Care facility volunteer. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/their-dying-wishes/?smid=fb-share&_r=1

Singing is good for the soul - yours and your residents.

Happy nursing!

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