Music is increasingly being used and accepted in healthcare to intentionally improve wellness. However, there is a lack of standardization as to how music may be integrated into personal care goals and the physical care setting to produce the best quality of care. As a result, the benefits of using music to enhance well-being, quality of life and care may be underdeveloped.
The Room 217 Foundation is working to see music used as an agent of care for vulnerable populations that can be delivered by all care providers regardless of their musical abilities or training. To this purpose, the Room 217 Foundation develops research-informed music resources that anybody can use, provides education on how to integrate music into care and supports innovative research into music and care.
The Room 217 Foundation serves care givers, and ultimately care receivers, in a number of populations such as hospice palliative care, long term care, various contexts of community care including group homes and everyday homes. End users include allied health care providers, family and volunteer caregivers, musicians, teachers, spiritual care providers and many more.
Since 2005, the Room 217 Foundation has brought comfort and healing through music to the lives of thousands of people in Canada.
“One resident in particular had just come out of a showering experience that had put her in a state of sobbing, shivering, rocking, crying and moaning shock. I was able to use the call and response, the humming, the singing and the breathing to calm her and lull her to sleep. Without your training, I may have been at a loss as I have never seen this resident so upset. Thank you so much for giving me the knowledge and the confidence to use music care.”
– LTC Program Coordinator and Music Care Certificate Program Level 1 student