is designed so that the various nursing homes can coordinate with folks in the
communities," Stewart explains. "There is an opportunity for
partnership if folks like music and, especially the younger generation who
knows how to use iPods, wants to volunteer and come in and help the program get
set up. If people want to donate iPods
or iTunes cards, that’s another opportunity for people to get involved as
nursing homes in the agency’s eight county service area have become certified
in the program so far. Stewart says if
any other facility is interested in the program, they can begin the process of
certification as well.
do that through calling our office and talking with our ombudsman program," Stewart says. "Part of this is through a statewide program
that’s geared at person-centered care.
The ombudsman has been real engaged in trying to work with the nursing
homes on finding ways to make the care that’s given at their facilities really
focused on the individual. Music is such
a personal thing that each person could choose the music they’d like to listen
information about the Music and Memory Program, you can call the Area Agency on
Aging at 1-800-331-2644, or locally at 373-6400.