OakTrace1editOne Birmingham area nursing home is partnering with several groups to bring back memories for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Oak Trace Care & Rehab Center in Bessemer uses the “Music and Memory” program to help residents in its memory care area find “a happier place or time” by listening to music. This leads to improvements in behavior and decreases the use of anti-psychotic medications.

Personal music devices are loaded with music a resident enjoys or was popular when the resident was a young person. The resident listens to the music a different times during the day to brighten his or her mood.

Music and Memory is a partnership between Oak Trace, Music and Memory, Inc.’s Dan Cohen, Jefferson County Ombudsman Office and Lawson State Community College’s Student Government Association.

Oak Trace Care & Rehab Center will share its “Music and Memory” program at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28.

Click here for detailed information on how to implement Oak Trace Care & Rehab Center’s Music and Memory in your nursing home.

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Editor’s Note: This is the seventh of eight articles highlighting nursing homes that will present at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28. Eight skilled nursing centers were selected from the 24 submissions to present their best practice on stage before hundreds of nursing home employees from across Alabama.

About Oak Trace Nursing & Rehab Center

Oak Trace Care & Rehab Center is a 79-bed skilled nursing facility located in Bessemer. The facility offers speech, physical and occupational therapy in addition to long term care. Trina Vines is the Administrator, and Phyllis Sturdivant is the Director of Nursing.