Dementia Care: Music & Art Interventions

Dementia Care: Music & Art Interventions 

In this course, you will learn how to use music and art to connect with the people you care for. Through stories and quizzes, you’ll learn how to start sharing music and art with your residents today, making a big difference in their quality of life.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Florida Assisted Living - General Training


59A-36.011 Staff Training Requirements. Location: Online

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-DCMA
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify four reasons why music and art interventions can meet the psychological needs of people with dementia.
Describe two ways to use music with residents during the regular course of your workday.
Describe two ways to use art with residents during the regular course of your workday.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Psychological Needs A. Mr. Smith B. What Do People With Dementia Need? C. Psychological Needs D. How Music and Art Can Help E. Why Art and Music Can Help F. Test Your Knowledge G. Summary Section 3: Music Interventions A. Music Intervention Example B. Music Intervention Guidelines C. Choosing Appropriate Music D. Setting Up the Environment E. Music to Help with ADLs F. Mary’s Music G. Summary Section 4: Art Interventions A. Art Intervention Example B. Art Intervention Guidelines C. Guidelines for Art-Making D. Appropriate Art-Making Projects E. Guidelines for Art Viewing F. Viewing Art Objects G. Viewing Photos H. The Value of Photos I. Guidelines for Viewing Photos J. Anita and John K. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC
Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist with over a decade of experience serving older adults through music in senior living, hospice, home care, and inpatient mental health care. She holds music therapy degrees from The University of Evansville and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, is on the faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national professional conferences. She is also an accomplished musician, using piano, guitar, oboe, voice, and percussion in music therapy settings on a routine basis. Rachelle is the founder of Soundscaping Source, which provides clinical music therapy in the Kansas City area, and consultation services and staff training across the country for senior living, hospice, and home care organizations wishing to develop and improve their music programs. She also maintains an active blog on the topic of music in eldercare at Disclosure: Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Activities Professional; Entry level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Home Health, Hospice, Long-term Care, Residential Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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