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Communicating through caregiver singing during morning care situations in dementia care
Mälardalens högskola.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2511-9502
College of Nursing, University of Seattle, USA.
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd.
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 25, no 1, 160-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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It is well known that persons with dementia (PWD) have problems expressing and interpreting communication, making interaction with others difficult. Interaction between PWD and their caregivers is crucial, and several strategies have been investigated to facilitate communication during caregiving. Music therapeutic caregiving (MTC) - when caregivers sing for or together with PWD during caregiving activities - has been shown to enhance communication for PWD, evoking more vitality and positive emotions. The aim of this study was to describe how PWD and their caregivers express verbal and nonverbal communication and make eye contact during the care activity 'getting dressed', during morning care situations without and with MTC. Findings revealed that during the situations without MTC, the caregivers led the dressing procedure with verbal instructions and body movements and seldom invited the PWD to communicate or participate in getting dressed. Patterns in responses to caregivers' instructions included both active and compliant responses and reactions that were resistant and aggressive, confused, and disruptive. In contrast to the 'ordinary' morning care situation, during MTC, the caregivers seemed interested in communicating with the PWD and solicited their mutual engagement. Although verbal communication consisted of singing about things other than getting dressed, e.g. dancing, love, sailing, God, the PWD mostly responded to caregivers in a composed manner, by being active, compliant, and relaxed, though some were also resistant or incongruent. The authors conclude that MTC could be a way for PWD and their caregivers to successfully interact and co-operate during caring situations, as it seems to evoke enhanced communication for both partners in this context

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2011. Vol. 25, no 1, 160-168 p.
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caring, dementia, caregivers, communication, singing, music, intervention, qualitative content analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-21567DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2010.00806.xISI: 000288571500020PubMedID: 20573062Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79951533123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-21567DiVA: diva2:932330
Available from: 2011-03-29 Created: 2016-06-01 Last updated: 2016-06-01Bibliographically approved

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