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FDL Lutheran Home chosen for memory initiative

5:35 PM, Sep. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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The Fond du Lac Lutheran Home has been chosen as one of one hundred nursing homes throughout Wisconsin that will be fully funded to become certified as a Music & Memory fa-cility.

Each participating facility will receive the Music & Memory webinar training course; 15 iPod Shuffles, headphones and AC adapters; 2 headphone splitters and a set of external speakers, a $150 iTunes gift card; as well as technical assistance and support in setting up the program-a package valued at over $2,000. Funding is provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Reducing reliance on antipsychotics is a primary goal:

One of the initiative's primary goals is to reduce residents' reliance on antipsychotic and anti-anxiety medications through personalized music-a significant development that has been observed at a number of Music & Memory certified care facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Other goals include reducing agitation and sundowning; enhancing engagement and socialization to foster a calmer social environment; giving greater pleasure to persons with dementia; increasing cooperation and attention while reducing resistance to care; boosting staff morale; and creating a more fulfilling sense of engagement among residents with dementia and their family, staff and community. Each facility will participate in a statewide research study to measure program effectiveness for future planning.

"We look forward to adding to our music therapy program by enabling nursing home residents who struggle with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia to rediscover their favorite music and meaningful memories," said Rebecca Frize, board certified music therapist at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home.

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