Sunday, September 26, 2010
music for caregivers
There can be so much noise in the head of a caregiver / carer that it can be almost impossible to focus. Your hands may be pushing a wheelchair, changing Depends, or assisting with a transfer but your brain is everywhere, endlessly reprioritizing your ‘to do’ list that never will be accomplished.
Recently I have been reading about music therapy in caregiving. Needless to say these articles are focused on patients. Helping to revive dormant memories, retain new information, palliative care, even how caregiver singing may improve communication between patient and caregiver. Broadway are you listening? A musical in a nursing home setting is just waiting to be written for the graying of
What about music for caregivers / carers? Some Google hits offer music as a stress reliever. Somehow, I just do not picture myself laying in a hot tub with scented candles listening to Vivaldi.
I do use music to motivate myself though more in my head not in earbuds attached to an MP3 player. If I’m dragging or my back is sore and debating maybe skipping an outing with Patti, I just call up parts of songs to get me back on track.
For example here is a minute of how my head works.
There is head noise whether homecare or the care facility era, whether caring for spouses, or children, or parents, or relatives or friends simply because it all demands time you do not have, it is physical and it is emotional.
When I find myself in the right music the noise parts like Moses parting the
Red Sea … Yeah, yeah I know the simile is a stretch since I’m pushing a wheelchair and not riding a chariot but you get my drift.
What’s in YOUR head?
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
web site: http://caregivinglyyours.com/
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