Home-based music therapy for the aged Chinese community in Melbourne: Challenges and outcomes.

Home-based music therapy for the aged Chinese community in Melbourne: Challenges and outcomes.

Abstract

This paper concerns a pilot project: the Home-Based Preferred Music Listening program (HBPML) for older Chinese migrants (n=105) who live in the community and receive community care packages from the Chinese Community Social Services Centre Inc. (CCSSCI). The project aimed to educate and inform participants (elderly, family caregivers and aged home-care workers) on issues relevant to ageing and dementia and to empower the elderly to use basic music therapy techniques at home to improve their mood and to improve the job satisfaction of their carers.The project is still on going. This article describes and explains both its development and the music therapy models that inform practice. The outcomes from developing this pilot project include five important considerations for cross-cultural work. These were ‘family-centred practice,’ ‘culturally sensitive practice,’ ‘the need for bilingual-bicultural therapists,’ ‘the use of culturally specific music’ and ‘therapists as consultants and resource persons.’ It is hoped that this discussion will be useful to clinicians working with older Chinese migrants.

 

Keywords: CALD community aged care, cross-cultural music therapy, resource-oriented music therapy, sustainability and family-centred practice


Citation

Ip-Winfield, V., Wen, Y., & Yuen, C.  (2014). Home-based music therapy for the aged Chinese community in Melbourne: Challenges and outcomes. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 25, 122-134.


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Date published: July 2014