This just in from a very clever guy who also happens to be following the blog and the facebook page. The idea is a low cost strategy for getting the music people love delivered to the nursing home bedside. David Schofman, founder of Coro Health writes…
To us, MusicFirst represents a philosophy of using therapeutic music and media in lieu of pharmacological intervention whenever possible. Part of our program is to educate the Staff on the benefits and power that certain media can have with residents suffering from a wide range of mental, emotional and physical issues. Based on what we are seeing already with the residents we are very excited out the potential to help tens of thousands.
Our Board Certified Music Therapists and RN’s work with residents directly, creating an individual Music Prescription for each of them. Their prescription is then transmitted through a wireless network directly to their room at a predetermined schedule. In addition to music therapy, we also offer spirituality, education, audio books, current events and much, much more. The system is very simple to use and requires very little attention from the Staff to operate.
He also sent a link to an Austin TV station’s report on his work.
Warning! The TV report contains DREADFUL, AWFUL, TERRIBLE stereotypes of people living in and working in nursing homes. I had a few white knuckle moments in the early going of the report when I was tempted to punch the screen.
It gets better.
The innovation is clever and, it seems to me, useful. Its highest and best use would, not surprisingly, be accomplished inside organizations that were engaged in a substantial culture change process.
Thoughts on this?