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Music Therapy Program

IVH Music and Memory Program

The Indiana Veterans’ Home has taken a very unique and hands on approach with its music therapy program. In September of 2015, several IVH staff were given the opportunity to become “Music and Memory” certified. IVH is a “Music and Memory” certified nursing facility as well. The completion of a three day training gave them the information they needed to start up a new program that allows residents to use an iPod and have their very own personalized playlist. Because of the size of IVH, the hours needed to implement the program, and funding needed for the purchase of iPods and iTunes gift cards, the program has slowly been working to make its way to reach each resident.

The goal for “Music and Memory” is that each resident will have access to an iPod with music they remember and identify with. The volunteer department has also been working side by side with Music and Memory, utilizing Purdue University students as they volunteer their time interviewing residents and learning all they can about each residents personal music tastes. The interviews are used to create the perfect musical playlist for each resident.

IVH also frequently books musical acts to perform for our residents as part of resident events, public events, and weekly activities. If you are interested in performing at IVH, please contact our Recreation Director at (765) 497-8651.

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