Software Advice IndustryView: Health & Harmonies – The Use of iPods in Nursing Homes
Software Advice IndustryView:
iPod Use in Nursing Homes
Trends and best practices from the industry
Software Advice wanted to explore the value of using digital music technology
such as iPods in long-term care settings to spark resident memory and
engagement. We collected responses to an online survey from a total of 1,557
people who were trying to choose, or anticipated needing to choose, a nursing
home for themselves and/or a loved one. Here are our key findings:
• Most respondents (83 percent) would favor a nursing home that offered
residents iPods with individualized playlists versus a similar nursing home that
• Half of respondents would consider moving outside their city to find a nursing
home that offered residents iPods, with 8 percent willing to move out of state.
• More than half of respondents would spend more money on a nursing home
that offered residents personalized iPods.
Likelihood to Favor Nursing Home Using iPods
Not at all likely
The majority of respondents (83 percent) say they would be likely to favor a nursing
home offering individualized music playlists over a similar one that did not.
Willingness to Move/Commute for Nursing Home Using iPods
Within my city
Within my county
Within my state
Out of state
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Percent of sample
A combined 50 percent of our survey’s respondents would move or commute from
their home city to find a nursing home incorporating iPods in resident care.
Willingness to Pay More for Nursing Home Using iPods
More than half of respondents said they would pay more money for a nursing
home that offered residents iPod use versus one that didn’t.
Importance of Fostering Mental Agility in Nursing Homes
35% Extremely important
Not at all important
Most respondents (84 percent) said it was important for nursing homes to foster
mental agility among senior residents, in addition to their physical well-being.
Demographics: Respondents Seeking Nursing Home
For a loved one
Our sample size consisted mostly of people currently looking to place a loved one
in a nursing home, or who anticipated doing so in the future.
Demographics: Nursing Home Seekers, by Region
Our respondents were all from the U.S. Three percent of our sample size came
from unspecified U.S. regions.
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