Coro Health and Extendicare Health Services, Inc. Partner to Provide Therapeutic Music to Long-Term Care Residents

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Coro Health, LLC, a new media healthcare company, and Extendicare Health Services, Inc., one of the largest post-acute and long-term care providers in the United States, have entered into an agreement to provide MusicFirst, Coro Health’s clinically proven therapeutic music service to residents in over 60 communities.

Extendicare found that MusicFirst has a significant impact on the patient experience.

Coro Health, LLC, http://www.corohealth.com, a new media healthcare company, and Extendicare Health Services, Inc., http://www.extendicare.com, one of the largest post-acute and long-term care providers in the United States, have entered into an agreement to provide MusicFirst, Coro Health’s clinically proven therapeutic music service to residents in over 60 communities.

“After three months of extensive testing in three of their skilled nursing centers, Extendicare found that MusicFirst has had a significant impact on the patient experience,” noted Coro Health’s Chief Content Officer, Leanne Flask. “We are thrilled with the results, which further validates our own clinical trial data that was published in 2012.”

Unlike the radio, music apps, CDs or karaoke that provide genre-based music based on popularity, MusicFirst’s programs are designed by a respected team of music therapists, designers and neuroscientists specifically for use in a broad range of healthcare environments including skilled nursing centers.

“At Extendicare, we are focused on helping people live better by improving the quality of life of all of our residents and decreasing the use of medications whenever possible. MusicFirst is helping us further that mission, indicated by the positive results we have experienced in our centers as a result of this program,” said Rick Gurka, Senior Vice President of Operations.

Results from the Extendicare study included:

Exercise

  • 23% increase in overall participation in exercise programs over the three month test
  • 50% increase in eye contact, singing, laughing and smiling
  • 50% increase in gross motor movement

Demeanor and Use of Medication:

  • 50% Reduction in exit seeking activity
  • Reduction in the use of anti-psychotic medications

About Coro Health
Coro Health was founded in 2009, offering personalized clinically-proven therapeutic music programs to healthcare organizations and aging communities. Early adopters of Coro Health’s MusicFirst and CoroFaith include over 2000 long-term care communities, oncology centers, rehabilitation agencies, home health companies, consumers and third party media distributors. Coro Health also services the hospital market in partnership with LodgeNet/Sonifi Healthcare.

Recently the company launched a breakthrough suite of therapeutic music and spirituality mHealth apps for use by individuals as well as by professionals in a broad range of healthcare environments. The suite includes six apps, each targeted to a particular segment of healthcare support. These include MusicFirst: Eldercare, MusicFirst: Alzheimers, MusicFirst: Oncology, MusicFirst: Expecting, MusicFirst: Calm Baby and CoroFaith: mFaith.

For more information, visit http://www.corohealth.com.
For published clinical trial results, visit http://www.corohealth.com/clinical-trial-results/.

About Extendicare:
Extendicare is a leading North American provider of post acute and long term senior care services. Through our network of owned and operated health care centers, our qualified and experienced workforce of 35,900 individuals is dedicated to helping people live better through a commitment to quality service that includes skilled nursing care, rehabilitative therapies and home health care services. Our 246 senior care centers in North America have capacity to care for approximately 27,100 residents.

For more information, visit http://www.extendicare.com.

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