A musical pillow benefits elderly citizens
A special pillow, with built-in sound and evidence-based music, has significantly improved the perceived state of citizens with dementia. Music has an incredible ability to influence people’s mood, awaken memories, induce emotions, reduce anxiety, create calmness, alleviate sleep problems, and in some cases even pain. This makes music, and musical intervention, particularly suitable to caring for people with dementia. At Tinghøj, a dementia nursing home in Favrskov Municipality, in Central Denmark Region, residents have been able to use a specially developed pillow with built-in high-quality sound and specially composed music by Niels Eje. It helps them relax in troubled or agitated situations and remain relaxed after therapy sessions. Based on the positive individual experiences with the MusiCure pillow, the nursing home conducted a user survey in 2018 to examine the benefits of the pillow more closely. The overall positive results suggest that a large proportion of dementia patients will be able to benefit from the music interventions. The survey also concluded that the staff's knowledge of the individual citizen is instrumental to achieving good results. "All the employees and management of the nursing home supported the user survey. The employees participated actively in adapting workflows and approaching the residents about using the pillow, which was a significant factor for the results achieved.” – Lærke Kaae Pedersen, Project Worker at the Department for Assisted-living Technology in Favrskov Municipality. The pillow can be used as a stimulating tool to create peace for individual citizens – improving the daily lives of elderly citizens, their relatives, and healthcare professionals. The technology, however, can neither be a standalone solution nor replace other solutions.