Hospice Partnership

The Front Porch is deeply honored to launch a partnership with Hospice of the Piedmont. Since the beginning of this year, we’ve been sending musicians to play for Hospice patients, their family members, and caregivers at The Linden House Assisted Living and The Blake. Our goal is that music will provide warmth, peace, and connection during end of life care.

Music is powerful, especially in the way it impacts our brain. We know that music can have a transformative impact on our mood, emotions, and memory. It becomes even more powerful if brain function is declining. Music can awaken parts of the brain and the rich trove of memories that are associated with familiar songs or beloved pieces. It will anchor and ground someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. And it can provide comfort and peace to those nearing the end of their lives. Read more about power of music in our blog post.

We hope to unlock this power for our friends at Hospice.

I cannot express to you how inspired and touched I was this morning listening to Clara interact in such a moving way with three of our dear patients. She is so very gifted and immediately builds such a rapport with her audience. I truly mean it when I say I believe there was divine intervention in this collaboration. Today was a beautiful start. We are so very pleased. Thank you to Clara and to The Front Porch for the work you do in our community and for saying yes to this opportunity. I wish you all could have seen the smiles and the tapping along to the music and felt the positive energy in that moment. It was a blessing.

–Lois Pearson, Director of Business Development, Hospice of the Piedmont

One patient has two piano degrees and taught piano for 60 years. We were able to get her out to the piano. I asked her if I could play scales to warm up and she was delighted. She watched the scales carefully; probably looking for errors or simply finding a familiarity with the scales after teaching them for decades. Once each piece [I played] started, she listened with eyes closed. At end of each piece, said “What’s next?” She wore her teacher hat and asked me what I plan to do with my music, asked why I started playing, and complimented my “beautiful technique.” I asked if I could come back next week. She said yes, but she wants me to make a recital program, which I will do.

-Clara George, Front Porch Musician

While I had thought that this patient had lost the ability to speak and sing, I was proven wrong at music time today. She sang with me for the first time, word for word, to “When The Saints Go Marching In, Take Me Out To The Ballgame, He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, and Jesus Loves Me.” On the other songs, we held a gaze and she tapped her toes and “danced” with her hands. She had a great time during our visit today and I’ll make sure to do those songs each time.

– Clara George, Front Porch Musician


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