Musical pause reduces stress and unease for demented
A new Danish user survey reveals that sensory stimulating music – experienced through a music pillow – can improve demented citizens’ present- and mental condition by more than 16%.
Music is about much more than just entertainment, great moments, and being a part of a community. Research shows that music has an exceptional influence on our mood, revival of memories, recall of emotions, reduce anxious, generate calmness, reduce sleep issues, and in some cases ease pain. By that, music and music therapy are well-suited to the nursing of people with dementia.
At the dementia care home center, Tinghøj, located in Hammel in the central region of Denmark, demented residents have since the late summer of 2017 had access to the music pillow – with appropriate music tunes – made by the company, MusiCure. The music and pillow have helped the residents to relax in situations like periods after a therapy session, where they usually are restless, and instead they stayed calm.
The positive individual experiences with the MusiCure pillow are the point of origin for a further survey regarding how the home care center can maximize the return from the pillow to ensure more residents can benefit from it. In spring 2018, a user survey started.
- The aim of the user survey was to test the usage of the MusiCure pillow and the evidence-based music during a longer period. Now, the results of the survey are published in a 20-pages report as well as in a short manual, Inge Mulvad Eje, CEO at MusiCura, says.
Adaptable towards citizens and situations
For four weeks, 12 MusiCure pillows have been reported used 154 times for a total of 51 hours – or 5.5 hours per resident. The demented residents’ present- and mental condition are during the same period improved by 16.4%. Additionally, the survey could not conclude a unique consumer profile, who would benefit extraordinary from the MusiCure pillow as well as scheduled usage is not recommendable.
- The effect from the MusiCure pillow is dependent on the situation for usage as well as the pedagogical initiatives applied to generate calmness around the residents. The survey reflected the staff’s knowledge about each resident is necessary to maximize the return too, Inge Mulvad Eje says and points out that the technology cannot function individually or substitute other alternatives – it works as a stimulating tool to generate calmness around individuals and by that create a better every day for residents, relatives, and the staff working with demented citizens.
The report is made by cand.polyt Lærke Kaae Pedersen, Project Associate within Healthcare Technologies at the municipality of Favrskov.
Experience the MusiCure pillow
The MusiCure pillow will be demonstrated during the yearly WHINN conference at Odense Congress Center the 10th-11th October 2018, where it is possible to experience the technology by oneself.
The MusiCure pillow is a special designed comfortable ‘memory foam’ pillow with a unique build into speaker cabinet and matching MP3-player. The evidence-based MusiCure music is designed by Niels Eje, Composer, with inspirational inputs from Professor and Specialist Dr. Lars Heslet, which together has imposed calming and stress moderating effects to the pillow. More than 20 international scientific studies by independent scientists have evaluated the music’s effect for multiple patient groups at hospitals – including psychiatric patients and patients before- and after an operation. So far, the pillow and music are not scientific examined for citizens living with dementia, but the user survey at the municipality of Favrskov has contributed with inspiration to new studies regarding the pillow in other regions.
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