Nursing Homes Using Music to Solve Issue of Rising Bedsores

Following a University of Cincinnati study Nursing homes across one state are playing music over a loud speaker every two hours, prompting caregivers to stop what they’re doing and make sure residents are re-positioned.

The 10 facilities participating in the program are being studied by researchers in connection with Signature HealthCARE. Directors and Administrators of facilities participating in the program have had good thing to say so far about the music. “Repositioning people is not something new; what’s new is the prompt,” said the director of nursing at a participating facility. “I think it makes people more conscious of the two hours because time can get away from you.”

Serious bedsores, are a problem for non-ambulatory patients as well as ambulatory ones. The researchers have set out to solve a problem that is on the rise nationally. Assistant Professor Tracey Yap, principal investigator on the study said that “the musical prompt is a reminder for patients that ‘you need to get up’ and for staff that this is the time to move those who cannot do so themselves.”

At two of facilities participating in the study, none of the 49 residents have developed sores at one facility, and the other facility, which has 115 residents, does better than the national average on pressure sores. Officials of the facilities have said that they may continue the practice after the study ends in April. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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