April 15, 2024

The headphones remove background noise, making it simpler for residents to listen to music, exercise directions and extra.

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Residents at Willow Sq. Persevering with Care Centre are listening to nice issues on their new wi-fi headphones, because of a beneficiant donation from the Northern Lights Well being Basis.

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Since January, facility residents have been having fun with 15 units of Sound Off headphones in a number of packages. The Well being Basis donated $3,200 to purchase them.

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“Using this tools has elevated program accessibility for long run care residents,” says Tiffany Butler, a recreation therapist at Willow Sq.. “We’ve seen a lot of constructive engagement from residents throughout actions when the headphones have been used. We’re grateful and grateful to the muse for funding this tools.”

The snug, noise-cancelling headphones remove background noise and enhance sound readability, making it simpler for residents — together with those that use listening to aids — to listen to music, exercise directions and extra.

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“This tools permits for extra distinctive and inclusive alternatives for residents to take part in actions that provide social connection and improved well-being,” says Vanessa McNevin, govt director, Northern Lights Well being Basis.

“We’re happy to see the constructive affect this tools is having with residents at Willow Sq.. We sit up for persevering with to help initiatives that improve healthcare, high quality of life and well-being for our residents and sufferers within the area.”

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Remedy assistant Hailey Kanak, left and resident Elspeth Colliar showcase their new Sound Off headphones at Willow Sq. Persevering with Care Centre. Picture provided by AHS

Resident Elspeth Colliar says the headphones are “good and stress-free” for listening to music in her room. Her neighbour, Annie Mercredi, describes them as “superior — thanks a lot”.

“I’ve witnessed residents staying engaged longer with audio-based content material — they usually’re absorbing and having fun with the content material performed,” says Hailey Kanak, a remedy assistant. “That is (higher than) earlier than when residents would take heed to a Bluetooth speaker on a desk within the frequent space.”

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Residents use the headphones in a wide range of areas, together with group settings and their particular person rooms.

Butler provides: “The tools affords flexibility and inclusiveness for resident participation. It reduces limitations for youthful residents who might not really feel they slot in with older residents, for many who might not be as socially engaged, or for some who could also be bed-bound.

“In utilizing these headphones, we’ve additionally discovered that residents not want as a lot help from workers throughout our packages as a result of they will clearly hear and perceive directions with no distractions.”

The headphones have come in useful for packages reminiscent of Bingo, a ‘silent’ disco and a brand new program known as Ragbag. Residents additionally take pleasure in listening to previous episodes of CBC’s Vinyl Cafe.

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Throughout Ragbag, residents spend between half-hour to an hour to take heed to a curated listing of podcasts or clips based mostly on their pursuits.

“Ragbag is sort of well-liked. Residents can take heed to information, phrase of the day, jokes and brief meditations. It’s nice as a result of we will modify the content material to their curiosity,” says Butler.

Butler and her Willow Sq. colleagues are at present exploring different alternatives — music performances, meditation and train/motion lessons — to make extra use of the headphones.

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