Play it, Sam: Midland Hospital’s mental health unit receives piano to help patients


Caregiver Tony DiFlorio playing the piano at Midland Hospital.
Caregiver Tony DiFlorio playing the piano at Midland Hospital.

OLDER patients staying in the mental health unit at Midland Hospital can now benefit from playing and listening to a piano.

St John of God Midland Public Hospital chief executive Michael Hogan said the hospital was very thankful to the family who donated their piano to the unit.

“A piano has been a wish of our caregivers working in the unit since the hospital opened,” he said.

“The piano has taken pride of place in our older adult mental health unit.

“With most of the patients in Ward 4C aged over 65 years, they are a generation that is particularly appreciative of playing and listening to the piano.

“The piano also provides patients with a therapeutic outlet to express themselves and reminisce musically.”

Mr Hogan said there is much research on the benefit of music on an individuals’ mental health and the positive emotional response that is generated from listening to music.

It is known to release natural endorphins and promote positive behaviour and wellness.

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