Huron Hospice Achieves Gold Level Music Care Certification

Huron Hospice's Bender House in Clinton, Ontario, becomes the first hospice in Canada to receive the Gold Level Music Care Certification from the Room 217 Foundation. The certification recognizes the hospice's successful integration of music therapy into its care approach, benefiting residents, families, and staff.

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Huron Hospice Achieves Gold Level Music Care Certification

Huron Hospice Achieves Gold Level Music Care Certification

Huron Hospice's Bender House in Clinton, Ontario, Canada has become the first hospice in the country to receive the prestigious Gold Level Music Care Certification from the Room 217 Foundation. This significant achievement recognizes the hospice's successful integration of music therapy into its comprehensive care approach, resulting in positive outcomes for residents, their families, and the dedicated staff.

Why this matters: This certification sets a new standard for hospice care in Canada, highlighting the importance of holistic approaches to end-of-life care. This certification sets a new standard for hospice care in Canada, highlighting the importance of holistic approaches to end-of-life care. With the country's aging population continuing to grow, innovative models like Huron Hospice'smusic therapy program will play a critical role in improving the quality of life for seniors and their families.

The certification process, which took nearly 12 months to complete, involved a thorough 24-hour review of the soundscape at Bender House, plus a research project examining the impact of music on the well-being of residents. Deb Shelley, the volunteer co-ordinator at Huron Hospice, emphasized the importance of music in providing comfort and soothing the soul of those in hospice care. "Music has always played an important role at Huron Hospice Bender House,"Shelley stated. "With certification, we better understand music's importance for our residents, families, volunteers, and staff."

The Room 217 Foundation provides resources and guidance on the thoughtful and intentional use of music in care settings. The foundation's approach respects the autonomy, history, tastes, and physical, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of each resident. By achieving Gold Level certification, Huron Hospice has demonstrated its commitment to incorporating music as an integral part of its holistic care model.

Music therapy offers numerous benefits for hospice residents, including soothing turbulent and worried minds, calming respiration, and reducing rapid heart rates. It also provides opportunities for memories, person-to-person communication, and distraction from pain. Huron Hospice has created a unique and enriching environment that enhances the quality of life for its residents by integrating local musicians' performances into the care provided at Bender House.

The impact of the Gold Level Music Care Certification extends beyond the residents themselves, positively affecting their families and the hospice staff. "With certification, we expect to see decreased agitation, reduced isolation, and improved well-being in the long run," Shelley explained. The integration of music therapy into the daily routines and care practices at Bender House has fostered a sense of connection, comfort, and support for all those involved.

Huron Hospice's achievement of the Gold Level Music Care Certification marks a significant milestone in the integration of music therapy into hospice care in Canada. The hospice's unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality of care for its residents has created a sanctuary where individuals can find peace, connection, and comfort during their final days through the power of music.

Key Takeaways

  • Huron Hospice's Bender House is the first in Canada to receive Gold Level Music Care Certification.
  • The certification recognizes the hospice's successful integration of music therapy into its care approach.
  • Music therapy improves residents' quality of life, reducing agitation and isolation, and improving well-being.
  • The certification sets a new standard for hospice care in Canada, highlighting the importance of holistic approaches.
  • Huron Hospice's music therapy program creates a sense of connection, comfort, and support for residents, families, and staff.