Patients at Hospice Hawaii’s Kailua House are the first to receive the benefits of music therapy. The new service is designed to help improve the quality of life and functioning of patients as well as relieve their pain and suffering through live and recorded music. Patients may choose to listen to, sing, play or even write music.
Hospice Hawaii’s Kailua House is also the first hospice care facility in Hawaii to become certified by Music and MemorySM, a national program that uses personalized music to enhance the quality of life of the elderly and infirm, especially those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges. With personalized playlists using iPods, patients are finding meaning and reconnecting with the world through music-triggered memories.