Board-certified music therapists provide music therapy to hospice patients and the community through local collaborative efforts.

Music therapy is a true benefit to VNA patients and families. Music therapy addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient and helps them achieve their goal. It offers a non-invasive, compassionate approach to delivering care in a unique way.

Benefits of music therapy

Patients who receive music therapy services do not need to have any musical background to benefit from the program. Patients and their families can listen, enjoy music or participate actively through singing or playing instruments. Benefits of music therapy include increased relaxation, reduced pain, reduced anxiety, cognitive improvements and developing coping skills.

A music therapy session may include instrument playing, songwriting or lyric discussions, creating legacy projects, singing beloved songs or simply listening to music.

NEW Community Music Therapy Program

We are excited to introduce the Community Music Therapy program, a new branch of VNA Music Therapy. It is a donor supported program that is also partially funded by the Indian River Hospital District. This unique program will focus on at-risk populations in Indian River County, including the indigent, people with mental health issues, and those struggling with addiction. The first of what we hope will be many collaborations, are two group sessions held at the Mental Health Association in Vero Beach. These will be divided into two main groups, adults and teenagers. The aim of both groups is to utilize music as a positive coping skill. This might include collaborative instrument playing exercises, such as a drum circle.

Another collaboration will be offered as part of the Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Association of Indian River County. Participants meet at the association’s local office for scheduled groups where VNA music therapist will utilize music with patients to mitigate issues associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia. For example, a music therapist might treat lack of mobility and gait abnormality, two common symptoms of Parkinson’s and late-stage Alzheimer’s, with rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS).