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Can humming caregivers´ facilitate feeding during mealtime situations with persons with dementia? A qualitative study
Mälardalens högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2511-9502
2013 (English)In: Non-pharmacological Therapies in Dementia, ISSN 1949-484X, Vol. 3, no 1, 11-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Background. ‘Music Therapeutic Caregiving’, defined as when caregivers’ sing for or together with persons with dementia care situations, has been shown to facilitate the caring situation, and enhance positive and decrease negative expressions in persons with dementia. No studies about singing during mealtimes have been conducted, and this project was designed to elucidate this. However, since previous studies have shown that there is a risk that persons with dementia will start to sing along with the caregiver, the caregiver in this study hummed such that the person with dementia did not sing instead of eat. Aim. To describe professional caregivers’ experiences of humming during meal time while feeding persons with dementia. Method. An intervention with caregivers humming was implemented during lunch time. Focus group interviews were conducted to fetch the caregivers experiences. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the interviews. Results. The caregivers described that humming disseminated relaxation and joy, and awakened memories about the songs hummed which encouraged the persons with the dementia to join in the songs. They also described that humming seemed to make the persons with dementia associate with mealtime and could make them eat more. However it also revealed suspiciousness and agitation from the persons with dementia. Conclusion. Humming during mealtime revealed mainly positive as well as some negative influences. More and larger studies are needed to be able to draw general conclusions.

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2013. Vol. 3, no 1, 11-22 p.
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caregiver, dementia, mealtime, feeding, intervention, singing, humming
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-21565OAI: diva2:932328
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