February 4, 2014

Unity Hospice Launches Music & Memory Program

Therapeutic benefits of personalized music on iPods hope to enhance the memories and lives of Unity Hospice patients

Collinsville, Ill. – Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis recently launched the Music & Memory program. This innovative program brings personalized music playlists to patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in an effort to enhance their memories. Among the first hospice companies in Greater St. Louis to offer this program, Unity Hospice will engage appropriate patients for this program and give them an opportunity to tap deep memories and reconnect with the world.

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Grounded in research about how the brain responds to music, the Music & Memory program is a personalized music program that began in 2006 and has since proven to be a life-changing experience for many dementia patients. Benefits recognized by the staff and families of patients whom participate in this program include reduced agitation, enhanced engagement and socialization as well as a reduction in reliance on certain anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications. In the effort to see these results, significant staff training is implemented at each participating organization prior to launching the Music & Memory program.

“Listening to favored music often triggers feelings and memories of the past,” says Gay Little, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis Area Administrator. “At Unity Hospice, we strive for the highest quality of life for each and every one of our patients. We feel honored to be a part of this program and are looking forward to seeing the powerful outcomes it will bring them.”

Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a full-service hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness. The organization offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients’ final days comfortable, the Unity Hospice team provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs.

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