Senior Services

Why integrate music therapy into senior CARE?

Through clinical research, Music Therapy has been seen to help...

  • Reduce agitation and aggressive behaviors

  • Improve the client's sense of energy and motivation to exercise

  • Decrease paranoia and delusional ideation

  • Provide a distraction from pain and suffering

  • Positively effect the client's socialization skills

  • Increase self-reported life satisfaction, and add variety to life

Music therapy provides opportunities for social connection. It is natural for a resident to feel a stronger connection with those around them when sharing in a musical experience. Group music therapy experiences may include group singing and instrument playing, group songwriting, and movement & dancing. Our board-certified music therapist performs ongoing assessment of the needs of your residents, and comes prepared with their needs in mind to help them have a successful and fulfilling experience.

Music therapy also presents benefits in areas of physical, cognitive, and emotional wellbeing.

Physical: We focus on integrating movement-based interventions while creating or moving to the music to help maximize physical mobility.

Cognitive: Strategies for increased cognitive activity are used constantly throughout our sessions to support our clients in maximizing their cognitive capabilities.

Emotional: Musical experiences lend themselves naturally to providing a space for emotional exploration. With the guide of a music therapist, your residents are given the opportunity for emotional integration, emotional healing, and expression.

Music therapy is built on the understanding that expression leads to healing. As clinical therapists, we strive for awareness about the emotional wellbeing of our clients. We celebrate their joys. We hold space for their sorrows. As your residents express themselves through music therapy work, they will be opened to a possibility of healing, growth, and connection.

Music Therapy Session Structure

Structure of the sessions, and who is in attendance greatly influences what type of work is being done in the therapy sessions. At Segue Expressive Therapies, we offer three different types of sessions for Seniors living in assisted living facilities:

Open Group: Open groups are groups accessible to all residents in the facility. Number of participants in an open group are very flexible, and staff are encouraged to attend as is possible. Clinical goals may focus on social engagement, emotional engagement, cognitive stimulation, and movement/dance.

Closed Group: Closed groups are formed by referrals made by administration, staff, or family of the resident. Number of participants should stay below 10 people at a given time. Clinical goals are focused on more specific needs of the residents in attendance. Typically, residents who receive a referral are those who may be struggling with mood disorders, adjusting to change, or dealing with grief. In a closed group setting, staff may only sit in on the session if all residents are in agreement. Post-session notes are emailed as a report on the session and include any information that is important for caretakers to be aware of. Post session follow-up with specific residents is included in the session fee as is needed.

Individual Session: Individual sessions are available as an option for residents who require additional one-on-one support. Individual sessions may be continuous, or just used as needed. Individual sessions focus on addressing specific needs of the resident, introducing and practicing coping strategies, and psycho-education pertaining to their emotional needs.