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Reactions of Persons with Dementia to Caregivers Singing in Morning Care Situations
Mälardalens högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2511-9502
College of Nursing, University of Seattle, USA.
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
2010 (English)In: Open Nursing Journal, ISSN 1874-4346, E-ISSN 1874-4346, no 4, 35-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Music therapeutic caregiving', when caregivers sing for or together with persons with severe dementia during care situations, has been suggested as a way to reduce problematic behaviors in dementia care. The present study implemented this technique as an intervention in dementia care. Six caregivers participated in group interviews about their experiences of morning care situations without and with'Music therapeutic caregiving'. Through a qualitative content analysis two themes emerged.'Being in a different reality' was based on'usual' morning care situations. The caregivers' experienced the persons with dementia as absent-minded; communication and cooperation were difficult. The second theme,'Being present', was based on morning care situations with the intervention. The caregivers described communication as enhanced; the persons with dementia expressed themselves more appropriately, making cooperation possible. The results indicate that'Music therapeutic caregiving' might lead to a more positive experience of the person with dementia and seems to increase receptivity to caregiving.


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2010. no 4, 35-41 p.
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Dementia, caregiver, singing, intervention, experience, qualitative content analysis.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-21577DOI: 10.2174/1874434601004010035PubMedID: 21249163OAI: diva2:932363
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