Springdale to launch Music of Your Life program

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Initiative uses iPods to enhance quality of life for residents

Springdale Country Manor is the latest OMNI Health Care long-term care home to become involved with an iPod program to benefit residents living with cognitive impairment.

On March 16, Candice Stewart, the Peterborough-area long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), attended an in-service at Trent University in support of the Music of Your Life program, an initiative to create individualized playlists for people with cognitive impairment to help ease agitation and mitigate responsive behaviours.

The Rotary Club of Peterborough has donated money to Peterborough’s Geriatric Health Services to buy 66 iPod shuffles to be donated to area long-term care homes, retirement communities and the Victoria Order of Nurses’ adult day program. Remaining iPods are being stored at the Peterborough Public Library. Springdale Country Manor received four iPod shuffles through the library.

The focus of the Music of Your Life program is to create individualized playlists for residents with cognitive impairment to help ease agitation and mitigate responsive behaviours.

Stewart is aiming to launch the program in coming weeks.

The LEC says she plans to pilot the program with two residents and expand it from there.

While Springdale Country Manor has yet to use iPods with customized playlists for residents, people living at the home engage in frequent group and one-on-one music programs, which have had a calming effect on people with cognitive impairment.

Stewart is in the process of speaking with residents and their families to discover what types of music they enjoy. Based on the feedback, she will create playlists for the iPods specific to each resident who will be in the program.

Other OMNI homes have been involved with iPod programs. Riverview Manor recently launched its Music of Your Life program after receiving four iPods. Streamway Villa in Cobourg has found success with its Music and Memory program.

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