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Thread #49818   Message #2502579
Posted By: Michael Harrison
26-Nov-08 - 10:28 PM
Thread Name: Getting nursing home gigs
Subject: RE: Getting nursing home gigs
Genie is mostly correct - budgets for senior facilities keep getting slashed further and further. I perform at quite a few senior facilities and it just breaks my heart because the "memory" units and most of the "assisted living" units are the ones that need the music the most, yet, they pay the least. Many of the "independent" facilities don't really need entertainers to come in because the residents can go out themselves (in many cases) whenever they want; however, the "memory" and "A/L" folk are basically locked in and are stuck with whatever entertainment is found for them. It seems that the lower the cognition of the residents equates to the amount of expenses the corporations will afford for entertainment and social functions. Cheers,...................mwh