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Sound Therapy for Homebound and Patient Care

By Theresa V. Wilson, M.Ed

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Family members, caregivers, and friends can be key ingredients to successful recuperation and rest for their loved ones.  While visiting nursing homes and providing homecare, often there is a need to seek opportunities to demonstrate caring, eliminate stress, and provide a peaceful environment.  Focus becomes seeking ways to express love while listening, intervening and becoming attentive to their comfort.

Controlling sounds, whether in a hospital room or at home, is essential for peace, comfort, and harmony helpful to both the patient or homebound individual and the family. Sound therapy is a way of balancing sound waves and frequencies in the external environment with the internal waves and frequencies of the human body.

Intervention. Comfort, and Support

Sounds can affect individuals both emotionally and physically.  Distractions from extraneous noise can be a source of stress and diminishes comfort, creating restlessness and discontent. Appropriate sound therapy promotes and rejuvenates brainwaves, thereby promoting relaxation and comfort. Proper use of sound therapy can also create positive mental balance and promote harmony to internal organs by using external instruments, strategies and tools.  Used properly, a variety of sounds can assist in encouraging better sleep.

Improving Room Environment through Sound Therapy

Because our bodies are composed of a series of waves and frequencies, we respond to sound at different levels of comfort depending on the type of sounds. Sound therapy, therefore, can provide an enormous benefit to homebound or hospital patients and their families.  In an environment in which a variety of physical and emotional situations can affect balance and harmony, introduction of sound therapy becomes a beneficial tool no matter the age of the patient or family member.  Even in a hospice setting, where lack of control of inevitable death is ever present, sound therapy allows both patient and family members to temporarily control their environment.

Sound therapy can help eliminate mental stress and worry while easing physical tension, shock, and anger over situations that cannot be controlled.  Specifically, sound therapy:

  • Reduces stress

  • Relieves anxiety

  • Encourages calm thinking

  • Provides physical relaxation

  • Encourages restful sleep


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