Finding the Key to Communion—Caregivers’ Experience of ‘Music Therapeutic Caregiving’ in Dementia Care: A Qualitative Analysis


Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice




‘Music therapeutic caregiving’ (MTC), when caregivers sing for or together with persons with dementia (PWDs) during caring situations, has been suggested as a way to reduce PWDs’ behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). An intervention was designed to elucidate what influences MTC might have on PWDs and their caregivers. The aim was to describe professional caregiverś experiences of caring for PWDs during morning care situations without and with MTC. Group interviews were conducted, and a qualitative content analysis was performed. Two themes were revealed. The first (without MTC), Struggling for care in communion, encompassed four sub-themes: Hampered communication; Physical and mental struggle with aggression; Struggling with ethical demands; and The reward—consolation and love. The second theme (with MTC), Consolidating care in communion, encompassed two sub-themes: awakening cooperation, and feeling of well-being. The authors conclude that MTC could be used to help caregivers provide improved care. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Behavioral State; Caregivers; Mental Health; Interviews; Home Setting; Music Therapy; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Recreative Music Methods; Singing a Song; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

caregivers’ experiences; music therapeutic caregiving; dementia care; psychological symptoms; Caregivers; Home Care; Symptoms; Caregiving; Dementia

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

Document Type