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Special Programs

Innovative Programs that Address the Person, Not Just the Disease

At Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s Comprehensive Care Center, our team of highly skilled nurses and rehabilitation specialists understand that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to care. That is why in addition to our round-the-clock care and wealth of activities, we offer two new programs designed to improve our patients’ quality of life.

Music and Memory Program

Our Music and Memory program was created to improve the quality of life of our residents who are living with dementia. Our residents who participate in this program report feeling more joyful and note an improvement in their communication skills. The program has also helped reduce falls, delivering pain, all while reducing reliance on mood-altering medications.

How It Works

Music stimulates the brain, and studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of both Alzheimer's and non-Alzheimer’s dementia patients. We use personalized playlists to offer our residents a practical, non-pharmacological way to improve their daily quality of life. Our personalized music program can strengthen cognition, improve family visits, and boost spirits, all while decreasing pain. Unlike prescription medication, music also has precious few side effects.

High-Quality Training

Our Music and Memory Program staff has received certified training that enables them to create, provide, and manage personalized playlists for residents living with Alzheimer's disease, non-Alzheimer's dementia, and other cognitive and physical challenges. These playlists can help them reconnect with the world through music-inspired memories.

Pet Therapy Program

Pets provide companionship, a sense of purpose, social engagement, and opportunities to remain active.

The Benefits of Pets

Research shows that seniors who spend time with animals are more engaged, cope better with stress, and are healthier overall. Being around pets also has the following beneficial effects on physical and mental well-being:

  • Reduced loneliness
  • Reduced feelings of hopelessness
  • A Strengthened sense of purpose
  • Increased activity levels
  • Reduced stress and depression
  • Increased motivation to stay independent, if possible

Additionally, we have noticed that positive interactions with pets can translate into positive human interactions.

Pet Therapy Program

While our residents cannot own pets, we are delighted to help them enjoy the benefits of being around animals by offering pet therapy—our pet therapy program partners with dedicated volunteers who bring specially trained therapy dogs to visit residents.

If you are interested in learning more about our special programs, we are happy to provide you with more information. Just give us a call at (805) 736-3466.