Estimating the cost of an individualised music intervention for aged care residents with dementia
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Estimating the cost of an individualised music intervention for aged care residents with dementia

Minah Amor Gaviola Lecturer in nursing older people, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
Andrew Searles Conjoint professor, Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton Heights, Australia
Sophie Dilworth Senior research officer – public health and mental health, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, The University of Newcastle, Wallsend, Australia
Isabel Higgins Honorary professor of nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
Elizabeth Holliday Associate professor, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
Kerry Jill Inder Professor of nursing and deputy head of school, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your awareness of the potential benefits of music interventions for people with dementia

  • To recognise the costs involved in implementing an individualised music intervention in residential aged care settings

  • To consider how you could implement individualised music interventions in your area of practice

Background Individualised music listening has been shown to reduce agitation and improve mood in people with dementia. However, there is a paucity of research describing the cost of implementing such interventions in residential care settings for older people.

Aim To determine the cost of implementing an individualised music intervention for older people with dementia in residential aged care in Australia.

Method A simple cost analysis was undertaken to determine the cost of delivering the individualised music intervention to 32 older people with dementia at two residential aged care facilities in New South Wales. The analysis took into consideration the operating, training and delivery costs, as well as the costs of purchasing the music equipment and downloads.

Results The cost of delivering the individualised music intervention was found to be AU$6,623.76 per year – or AU$3.98 per resident per week, at 2017 values. At 2022 values, this equates to an annual cost of AU$7,130.07 (£4,031.85) for 32 residents and a weekly cost of AU$4.28 (£2.42) per resident per week.

Conclusion The cost of implementing the individualised music intervention was relatively low compared with the overall cost of residential aged care for older people with dementia.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1397

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Correspondence

minah.gaviola@newcastle.edu.au

Conflict of interest

None declared

Gaviola MA, Searles A, Dilworth S et al (2022) Estimating the cost of an individualised music intervention for aged care residents with dementia. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2022.e1397

Published online: 08 June 2022

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