Music to soothe the soul

Cayman HospiceCare is utilising music therapy to give comfort to patients in their final days.

With the help of fund services provider MaplesFS, which has donated more than US$8,000 toward Cayman Music Therapy, a pilot programme is under way at Cayman HospiceCare.

According to HospiceCare, the therapy allows participants of the individual music therapy sessions to experience reduced pain and discomfort, improved mood, increased coping abilities and reduced isolation, among other benefits.

“We are honoured to be a part of a programme offering such unique and innovative care to patients in hospice,” said Scott Somerville, chief executive officer at MaplesFS. “Our organisation strongly supports the efforts of Cayman HospiceCare in providing comfort and exceptional care to the people of the Cayman Islands and we are hopeful that this donation will assist in the success of this innovative programme.”

The Cayman Music Therapy programme began in January 2013 and has since provided in-service presentation to hospice staff and volunteers, group music therapy and conducted 18 individual sessions.