Open-face sandwiches at cafeteria in Flåm

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This installment in the “Sandwich series” address the open-faced sandwich, a term coined by Carol Abaya as found on the Sandwich Generation® site. An open-faced sandwich is “anyone else involved in eldercare.” They are the people open to providing support to the ill person and/or the caregiver.  That can take in a lot of different people: family, friends, doctors, hospice employees, long-term care employees, volunteers, employees at senior centers and adult daycare centers…the list goes on and on. Some are experts, some are not.

This support network is the people who are there when:

  • the caregiver can’t be there
  • the caregiver needs a break
  • the care is outside the expertise of the caregiver
  • the older person needs a helping hand.

These people can use music to assist them in several ways.

With the client:

  • Consider music preferred by the client or to set the mood during ADL’s.
  • Use music to accompany relaxation experience.
  • Utilize the ideas shared in the Traditional and Club sandwich posts.

With the family:

  • If the client is able, consider including dancing to promote touch.
  • Encourage the family members to relax to their preferred music.
  • Recommend the ideas appropriate from the traditional sandwich and club sandwich posts to help support family interactions.

For the open-faced “staff”:

  • Set aside some time for relaxation to your preferred music.
  • Utilize music in your personal time to vent frustrations and energy by playing an instrument, singing a song, or moving to music.
  • Consider whether the music in the “client’s” environment is meeting their needs.

Music is not a “one size fits all” approach. Our preference play a big part in how we react and interact with music. However, using the ideas above may assist you and the “client”. If you want to learn more about how to better utilize music with specific people, I encourage you to contact a board certified music therapist in your area. If you are unable to locate one, let me know through my contact page.

Come back next week to see how you can use music to prepare for a sandwich family.

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