Harvest Guest Home has been selected as one of 15 assisted living communities, in the United States and Canada, to receive the 2016 Kitty Rhoades Music & Memory Grant.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠, a non-profit organization based in Mineola, New York, brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly, or infirm, through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. Through the grant elder care professionals, and family caregivers at Harvest Guest Home, will receive training in how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.
By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified organizations, the organization aims to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry in the United States and Canada.
In 2013, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services launched the Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative, enabling 100 nursing homes throughout the state to become MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified Care Organizations and bring personalized playlists to their residents. In fall 2014, an additional 150 organizations received certification training. Other states are following in Wisconsin’s footsteps, significantly broadening the impact of our program. The Music & Memory organization is also broadening its approach to serve individuals in hospice care, adult day care, assisted living, hospital and home health care.
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