Creating A Designated Music Room in a LTC: Stories from Music Care Training Grads

What happens when three women take Music Care Training? They become inspired, and work to create a beautiful space for residents, their families and staff, and call it Room 217, to honour the Foundation that taught them about music care.

Dimensions of Music Care 10: Programming

In this final instalment of this blog series on the Ten Dimensions of Music Care Programming, we touch upon a dimension that is ripe with potential.  Music can enhance recreational, educational and therapeutic programming in ways that are both obvious and subtle. In formal music programs, like singing groups, music appreciation clubs, and bell choirs, music is the centre focus. Music can also compliment programs that aren’t inherently music-focused – such as using music in gait therapy, or adding a musical component to a support group.

Dimensions of Music Care 9: Research

Music has the capacity to make us dance, smile, focus, cry, think outside the box, and heal. It stimulates and challenges countless brain areas, including those responsible for memory, executive function, pattern recognition, and movement. Music elicits strong memories, and is a staple in the day-to-day life of Canadians.

Dimensions of Music Care Part 7: Training

The Music Care Training (MCT), a three-level program offered by the Room 217 Foundation, is the only baseline program available for caregivers of all backgrounds to learn the fundamentals of music in care. The program supports participants to understand how music can influence and complement their scope of practice as caregivers.


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