Eau Claire nursing home gets state recognition

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) An area nursing home is being recognized for a new support system designed to help people dealing with dementia.

The Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire is one of 100 homes in Wisconsin that have taken on the nationally recognized "Music and Memory" program, which gives iPods and headsets to people dealing with dementia.

It's been doing so well at the home, Kitty Rhoades from the Department of Health Services made a stop there Tuesday, and says she hopes to see the program keep growing.

"We will do this annually until we get into all the nursing homes that want to participate, and then we will go into assisted livings as long as we're able to keep financing with grants or we'll partner with the private sector to be able to move forward even more rapidly," says Rhoades.

Program participants can download a personal selection of music.

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