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Topic 2 - Posted February 26, 2018

 

Singing for Smiles - St. Camillus uses music to inspire change for residents, family and staff by Lindsey Bartelt

 

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, February 26th, 2018 – Valentine’s Day was unlike any other at St. Camillus this year. The employees and residents were given a chance to send a friend, loved one or co-worker a gift that they will always remember: a singing valentine.  Everyone had the option to customize their valentine’s package by adding on chocolates, roses, or a balloon and to choose from a list of 8 songs including “You are my Sunshine”, “Let me call you Sweetheart, and “Love me Tender.”

 

Throughout the day, the St. Camillus Music Therapy Department delivered over 60 singing valentines across campus. The St. Camillus Therapy Program plans to purchase additional instruments to utilize on their campus with the proceeds.  Incorporating a strong music therapy program is vital to the social enrichment at St. Camillus. St. Camillus understands that music therapy allows for the therapeutic relationship to address emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.  Music is a vehicle for change and it has the ability to increase energy, promote relaxation, enhance memory, decrease pain, and it has the power to modify behaviors.

 

“Today my daughters and I were able to spend time with our mother. This moment we had was filled with love, grace and music. All of the incredibly nurturing individuals at St. Camillus who care for my mother made this possible for us. For this and so much more, I am indebted to you. I appreciate each and every one of you.” - Family member of St. Camillus resident

 

Music is a way of life and it has the capability to make lives better. St. Camillus is thrilled to be able to integrate additional music programming into their residents’ everyday routine.

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