DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG/KAWARTHA LAKES: Room 217 Foundation, a non profit organization based in Port Perry, will be running a six-month music pilot project at three local long term care homes, thanks to a recent Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.
In December, Room 217 was given a seed grant of $56,300 to begin a pilot project titled Music Care Partners at Port Perry Place, Lakeview Manor in Beaverton, and Fenelon Court in Fenelon Falls. The project’s goal is to, first, study how music can be integrated into long-term care, and then to develop an integrated music care model for long-term care. A recognition event was held at Port Perry Place on Friday, Feb. 3rd, to announce the program.
“Science and research today shows that music can actually impact our physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Through this journey together, we are going to be taking some concrete steps to leverage that power of music right here at Port Perry Place,” Bev Foster, Executive Director of Room 217 said.
MPP Granville Anderson said it is always great when he can announce funding which will be used to improve the local community.
“It’s a pleasure on behalf of myself and the government of Ontario and the Trillium Foundation. It’s always nice when we can do things to enhance our community, and to enhance the quality of life for people in the community,” he said.
Port Perry Place Administrator Marva Griffiths was thankful the local care facility was selected as one of the three hosts of this program.
“We feel very fortunate, here at Port Perry Place, to have been chosen as one of the partners in this music care program,” she said.
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