The Village at Marymount recently received its second grant in as many months to help develop the Music & Memory Program for residents. The latest grant was awarded by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s St. Ann Legacy program and is for $7,000 to help support the Music & Memory Program.
Music & Memory is an innovative approach to dementia care pioneered by Dan Cohen and supported by neuroscience research. The program is an example of the type of person-centered care that Ohio – and The Village at Marymount — embraces. The St. Ann Legacy grant will also help with the purchase of iPods and headphones for residents so that they can receive an iPod customized with their favorite music.
Through Music & Memory, residents are able to listen to their favorite music through the popular iPod digital music player. The Music & Memory Program offers training for nursing home staff, other elder care professionals and family caregivers on how to create and provide personalized playlists that enable those struggling with dementia to reconnect with the world through memories triggered by the music they love. The process builds lasting, caring relationships and improves the care experience for all involved.
“We greatly appreciate the Sisters of Charity’s support of this initiative through the St. Ann Legacy grant program, and its continued belief in The Village at Marymount and the mission of the Sisters,” said Sue Nall, The Village at Marymount’s executive director.
Susanna H. Krey, President of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, said her organization is pleased to be a partner with The Village at Marymount “in improving the quality of life for the underserved.”