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Signature Healthcare April 2015

This past Saturday our office and friends made our fourth trip to Signature Healthcare of Clarksville. During this visit we participated in Signature's Music and Memory Program, once again. Out of our group of 7 volunteers, 3 of us sat with residents to select music for personalized playlist used for therapy. One of our volunteers Caleb Story planned to return to his resident from last month to complete her playlist. At 103 years old, we learned that she had passed since our last visit. What a wonderful thought that Caleb's time given to volunteer for this person was one of the last smiles she enjoyed before she passed on to a better place. 4 of us provided live music to a group of the residents, it is wonderful to see familiar smiles that sing along with tunes we perform. They always let us know how much they can't wait for us to come back. We always look forward to our monthly adventure to Signature, and enjoy developing relationships with the residents and staff. 


You can learn more about Music and Memory at https://musicandmemory.org/

This time around we were given a special opportunity to sing in a resident's room, a gentleman that is bed ridden. This particular resident is the man that Dr. Wenrick has spent the last few trips with. She has sat with him playing different songs, watching his reaction to each, and marking the ones he would respond to, and then adding it to his personal iPod shuffle to use daily for musical therapy. Spending the past few months with this man, Dr. Wenrick noticed a common response each time a church hymn would play. He especially loved Amazing Grace. Once the group of us were finished singing to the crowd of residents, Dr. Wenrick asked us to come down to her sweet friend's room and preform Amazing Grace for him. I have to tell you I wasn't prepared for the response he gave. Myself, Rebekah, and my friend Megan and Dylan Halter began the hymn. As we sang the first verse of the well-known melody the resident began to mumble and sing with us as loud as he could, tears began rolling down his cheeks, he closed his eyes and tilted his head straight towards the sky. We sang several verses and this sweet man followed along singing the best he could, and just cried and cried in passion to the song that connected so deeply with him. As we finished, we said our goodbyes, and this man began to bawl even louder this time in sadness as we left the room. What a precious moment that I will never forget, and look forward to seeing him at our next trip.

Take a look at few photos from this experience.

   


I am so honored and thankful to be able to use my talents and love for people to spread smiles to the beautiful people at Signature Healthcare. I always look forward to our visit, I can't wait to return next month.

If you are interested in participating in a trip with us please call our office at (931) 551-3351. We would be thrilled to have you join us on our next trip on May 30, 2015 from 10 to 11 A.M. 

Also, we are accepting donations of iPod Shuffles ($40 at walmart), iTunes cards, or any monetary contribution to help supply Signature with iPods and music for more residents. Please contact us if you are interested in making a contribution!

Thank You!

-Rachel Stetler

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