Big Bend Hospice music therapists utilize live music to enhance patient care in ways that CDs and recorded music cannot.
Therapists are board certified (with the MT-BC credential) and have completed university level course work in music principles and theory, psychology, anatomy and physiology, counseling, and bereavement. Music Therapists are allied health professionals who are trained to help increase comfort and address specific needs and common symptoms such as shortness of breath, pain, agitation, and more. While they are welcome to if they are able, patients do not need to be able to actively participate to benefit from music therapy. Also, patients do not need to have a musical background or prior interest in music to benefit from music therapy. Music therapists use the patient or family’s preferred music and are able to adapt to whatever is going on with the patient or family at that time.
Benefits of Music Therapy in End of Life Care:
- Pain management
- Increased socialization
- Increased relaxation
- Facilitation of life review
- Family involvement
- Spiritual comfort
- Self-expression and communication
- Opportunities for choice making
- Improved quality of life