Strings of Mercy creates a healing environment for hospital and hospice patients and healthcare workers through Live Therapeutic Music
Yes, there are medications for all of these symptoms, but sometimes medicine is just not enough. That's where Live Therapeutic Music (LTM) comes in as a complementary, clinical intervention.
When played at the bedside by a Certified Music Practitioner, LTM often helps patients relax, rest and stabilize by lowering respiration rate, heart rate, and blood pressure. In fact, many of our patients fall asleep during LTM sessions, and we’re okay with that.
Because we’re changing the way we care for the suffering
through Live Therapeutic Music.
LTM is an art form based on the science of sound. It is not entertainment or music therapy, but a non-pharmacologic intervention that helps suppress the "fight or flight response" that is often present in patients suffering from symptoms of pain, anxiety, agitation, respiratory distress, or terminal agitation.
Though most of the risks of COVID-19 are now behind us, the toll that the pandemic had on healthcare workers still lingers. During the pandemic, many frontline healthcare workers simply left the industry. The ensuing staff shortages necessitated that healthcare workers were scheduled to work longer shifts or more days per week.
Unfortunately, staffing shortages are still a reality and the strain on remaining staff continues to this day. Many are over-worked and stressed, balancing the needs of their patients with their own personal needs and the needs of their families. One nurse told us, “We can handle anything you throw at us, but we can’t do it forever. And the effects of that pandemic seem like they're going to last forever!”
In 2020, Strings of Mercy developed therapeutic music programs to help alleviate stress for our front-line healthcare workers, and we are proud to continue providing these services today. Live Therapeutic Music played at nursing stations helps provide a soothing work environment, and research now shows that these interventions are making a huge difference.
CMP Max Eve provides live therapeutic music for nursing staff at their workstations each week
A young woman is in hospice care. Her family has gathered around her and she has been sedated, but she is still agitated, crying out, and trying to get out of bed. The nurses have done all they can for her and still, she struggles. And then a therapeutic musician walks in with a guitar, and everything changes ...