Java Music Club bolsters programming attendance at Country Terrace

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More than half the home’s residents participating in program

A major benefit stemming from Country Terrace hosting a Java Music Club program has been more resident participation in activities, says the Komoka long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

Since Country Terrace started the Java Music Club in May, Christie Patterson says residents participating in the activity have also been attending other programs. There are 63 residents attending Java Music Club sessions, more than half of the home’s resident population.

“We’ve seen residents who don’t come to any programs but do come to the Java Music Club – and we’ve also seen people who are doing Java coming out to more programs.”

The Java Music Club centres on playing tunes residents enjoy and then encouraging them to engage in discussions about the music.

Residents will choose a theme for each session and music related to the theme will be played. Photographs are included with each musical theme and discussions related to the music and photographs are hosted afterwards.

Patterson says she is “amazed” by the high engagement level the Java Music Club has sparked in some residents.

The program consists of several groups of residents, with the music supplied in each session tailored to residents’ interests and cognitive abilities.

“I have never seen some of these residents talk so much,” she says. “It has been amazing how much some of these people have opened up.”

Patterson says there’s one important lesson she has learned since launching the Java Music Club program at the home.

“This confirms for me that music crosses all cognitive levels and it reaches everyone and it’s a great discussion point,” she says.

Country Terrace has put funding from the Behavioural Supports Ontario program towards joining the Java Music Club and training staff members.

BSO is a $40-million initiative to help enhance quality of life for seniors affected by dementia and other conditions that cause agitation. The funding, which is provided to long-term care homes through Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks, is largely put towards staff education.

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