Eno Pointe Assisted Living, along with medical students from Duke University received one of the 2016 AMDA Foundation Quality Improvement & Health Outcome Awards (QIHO) at The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine 2016 Annual Symposium at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, F.L., on Friday, March 18.
Kelly Murphy and Daniel Goltz, both third year medical students at Duke University, initiated a program at Eno Pointe called “Connecting Residents with Dementia to their Autobiographic Soundtrack with Personalized Music.” This program provides residents with iPod shuffles with music tailored to previous life experiences. By allowing residents to listen via headphones without distractions, their attention can be captured, speech production increased and positive emotions triggered. This music resurrects an autobiographical soundtrack that to long-term memories that are otherwise unavailable and lost.
“We were delighted to work with Kelly and Daniel on this project,” said Doris Coleman, administrator at Eno Pointe. “We saw vast improvements in several of our residents with dementia after participating in this program and are thrilled it is receiving the recognition it deserves.”
Murphy & Goltz study was funded with the help of a Chancellor’s Community Service Award and a Schwartz Fellowship received by the students after they were chosen during the application process.
This award is given to recipients chosen for improving the quality of life for persons living in nursing homes. The Quality Improvement & Health Outcomes Award (QIHO) program provides three awards to facilities that have implemented programs that improved the quality of life for their residents. These prestigious awards are based on programs implemented and demonstrated by medical directors and care teams to improve the quality of life for their long-term care residents.
Several members of Duke University, along with Eno Pointe Administrator Doris Coleman, traveled to Orlando to receive the award.