Music provides emotional support by reducing stress and promoting relaxation. It is especially beneficial when combined with traditional care and can even help increase patients’ motivation to take an active role in their treatment.
Music therapy in hospice and palliative care is a compassionate and fun offering that has empirical evidence to support its actual physical and mental benefits.
Music therapy has no drawbacks, is enjoyable, enhances brain function and is well-liked by patients of all backgrounds, making it one of the most popular forms of alternative therapy. It involves singing, creating, moving and listening to live music in a group or individual setting.
Benefits of Music Therapy
Music therapy has both physical and mental benefits for patients in hospice or palliative care, including:
- Promotes relaxation
- Improves respiration
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces heart rate
- Relaxes muscle tension
- Improves social interaction
- Distracts from pain or physical symptoms
Who Can Benefit from Music Therapy?
Any of our patients can benefit from music therapy, but it may be the most beneficial for patients who:
- Require additional social interaction or sensory stimulation
- Experience pain or discomfort that is difficult to control
- Feel anxious
- Have been diagnosed with dementia
- Face communication problems
- Need to feel supported by a group
- Look to music to enhance their life