Personalised music for residents with dementia in an Australian rural aged‐care setting

Abraham Kuot, Elsa Barton, Grace Tiri, Trevor McKinlay, Jennene Greenhill, Vivian Isaac

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    Abstract

    Objective
    Personalised music reportedly has a positive effect on behaviour and mood in people living with dementia. This intervention has not been conducted in low‐resourced or rural aged‐care settings. We evaluated the effect of a non–therapist‐led personalised music listening intervention on residents with dementia and workplace culture in a rural aged‐care facility in South Australia.
    Design
    Qualitative pilot study.
    Setting
    Rural aged‐care home in South Australia.
    Participants
    Ten residents with dementia and 15 aged‐care staff participated in this study.
    Interventions
    Ten residents participated in an 8‐week music program. Four focus groups were conducted with aged‐care staff post‐intervention. A thematic analysis was used to identify emerging themes.
    Main outcome measure
    Personalised music positively influenced resident's behaviour and well‐being, social interaction and the workplace environment and culture, and served as a useful tool for personalised care.
    Results
    Three themes emerged: quality of life, personalised care and better aged‐care environment. Personalised music positively influenced resident's behaviour and well‐being, social interaction and the workplace environment and culture, and served as a useful tool for personalised care.
    Conclusion
    Personalised music program is an effective, low‐cost intervention to improve quality of life and personalised care of residents living with dementia, staff well‐being, and a workplace and culture in low‐resourced or rural aged‐care settings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-77
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
    Volume29
    Issue number1
    Early online date16 Feb 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

    Keywords

    • behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
    • dementia
    • personalised music
    • rural

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