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Sound Therapy for Homebound and Patient Care

By Theresa V. Wilson, M.Ed

 

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 

How Can You Provide Sound Therapy Balance?

It is important to monitor and adjust the room’s atmosphere.  This can be accomplished using such instruments as soothing sound machines and relaxing music. Avoid overuse of television or radio as the noise; information and tones can negatively affect the atmosphere of the room.  Their content may also include abrupt loud noises and sounds from commercials or other programs that can negatively affect body functions and create mental discord.

Family members and caregivers who are directly involved in patient care can take an active role as and be a positive source of harmony and comfort by dealing with negative sounds, which are one of the major causes of patient distress during a traumatic time. Being proactive in this process will also help family members feel a part of a wellness process by actively participating in the care of their loved one.

Controlling environmental sound is important for peace, comfort, and harmony for   caregivers, patient, and the homebound family member. Sound therapy is a way of balancing sound waves and frequencies in the environment outside the body with the internal waves and frequencies of the human body.  Sound therapy makes a difference in the quality of life.

 

Theresa V. Wilson, M.Ed. is a freelance writer and owner of a home based business dedicated to providing products and resources for grieving families and caregivers facing health recovery and crisis related issues. 

 

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