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Thread #143037   Message #3300036
Posted By: Genie
31-Jan-12 - 11:18 PM
Thread Name: Entertaining dementia patients
Subject: RE: Entertaining dementia patients
One thing I would add, as a sort of aside, but an important one.

I often encounter the attitude, expressed either directly or innocently implied, that doing music for dementia patients or other nursing home residents is expected to be a volunteer activity.    If you're inclined to do volunteer work, this is a fine sort to do.   
But music as a therapeutic activity is as valuable as most other types of therapy, and if you approach this as a professional with the needs of your clientele in mind, you deserve to be compensated for your time, expenses, and expertise too.    Especially if doing this work takes time that you would otherwise be spending on some other "real job."

(Actually, I think that goes for all musicians. But it does seem that there's more commonly an expectation on the part of the general public that music done as therapy is volunteer work.)