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Effects of day care service and music therapy for elderly with dementia in a long-term care institution
This study used narrative inquiry to explore the experiences of elderly with dementia who received day care service in conjunction with music therapy to provide insights on the development of innovative services in senior welfare institutions. This study consisted of interviews with 4 elderly with dementia who received day care service with music therapy, 3 family members of elderly with dementia, and 3 staff members who worked in the day care institution in 2018. The study results were as follows. 1. The combination of music therapy with day care service showed positive effects on improving physical, mental and spiritual health and increasing social interaction of elderly with dementia. 2. The combination of music therapy with day care service also showed positive influence on reducing the burden of care and improving the quality of life for family members who looked after elderly with dementia. 3. Elderly with dementia and their family members all suggested providing day care service in conjunction with music therapy continuously. It was recommended that day care institutions provide variety of services such as music therapy and the authorities keep support and service network more accessible for people with dementia and their family members.
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