Better, kinder care

Every day at 1pm, music fills the halls of the Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

It’s not the radio or the TV; it’s Mike Thomas providing daily music therapy in the memory wellness unit. Mike is a creative arts therapist. The patients he works with are older adults who may suffer from depression, anxiety, dementia and other cognitive disorders.

“It doesn’t matter what reason a patient is here — they can all relate to and enjoy the music,” says Jennifer Taylor, a program manager for the unit.

Mike starts his first class of the day by playing the guitar and singing the name of each patient with a “hello song.” Then he’ll try to jog their memories with popular songs he knows they’re familiar with, even taking requests. To lead his class, Mike needs a variety of instruments. He now has a keyboard and six drums that are used daily by patients, thanks to generous community donations.

“It’s not rare to see people who are severely agitated or upset when they come into class, and then suddenly within 15 minutes or so, they’re calm and attentive and engaged,” Mike says.

Mike's patients often tell him that the music helps them get through their toughest times, and families have even contacted him to share the improvements they’ve noticed.

“This funding is helping us give patients a better quality of life,” Mike says.

Thank you for supporting better, kinder care.

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