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 Options for Assisted Living Facilities

At Segue Expressive Therapies, we tailer our services to the needs of your residents. Below is a description of some of the types of sessions we offer:

Music Therapy for Memory Care: Our memory care groups utilize research-based music therapy models for creating an experience for social connection, sensory stimulation, and emotional support for your residents who are experiencing various forms of dementia. Using client-preferred music, interventions are used to support emotional and cognitive skills such as short-term recall, long-term recall, environment awareness, emotional engagement, and socialization. Additionally, our music therapists utilize the innate rhythmic components of the musical experience for movement and dance.

Music Therapy for Assisted Living: Our assisted living groups focus on wellness, emotional validation, and coping with various challenges that typically being experienced by a large percentage of our seniors living in assisted living facilities. Our music therapists strive to create a safe environment for exploring any current difficulties such as grief, loss of independence, health decline, family conflict, and feelings related to their own end of life as applicable. Discussions are supported through musical experiences focused on emotional validation, allowing space for exploring a path forward through conflict, and providing guidance surrounding these issues as appropriate. Our assisted living groups are also focused on re-enforcing the sense of community and support within the facility through joint music making experiences.

Grief and Goodbye Music Therapy Groups: Specialized groups may be held to address grief for residents and staff members concerning loved ones who have passed away. Given the nature of the care provided through assisted living facilities, loss of neighbors and friends occurs regularly and often. Many residents may also be grieving the loss of a life partner, child, or other close relative. Our Grief and Goodbye groups allow for a space to explore this loss in a community setting. The therapeutic experience through music supporting these sessions welcomes healing and relationship completion with those who have passed.

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. Payment for Individual session may be provided through the assisted living facility as a PRN arrangement, or other personal pay options may be explored upon discretion of resident and/or family for regular sessions.

Segue Expressive Therapies currently serves the following locations: