Picture yourself on a beautiful beach, absorbing the sounds of the ocean waves, relaxing and breathing deeply. Now pick up this new OCEAN DRUM® and marry your own rhythms with the sound of waves. This unique drum is played by rocking back and forth, creating a mesmerizing visual display as the beads move within the drum.
My music therapy clients (older adults in healthcare) expressed enjoyment of the ocean drum sound. I wanted a smaller version for those who felt the large one was too heavy, and think the fish print will help facilitate reminiscence and further sensory stimulation.
Although I do not work in Hospice, I have experience working with the ocean drum with both older adults and with adults who have depression, anxiety, etc.
I personally do not use the mallet when I work with the drum. It can be a very soothing sensory instrument and typically captures the visual and auditory attention of the person who gently moves the drum (the beads roll in patterns that are interesting to watch and can be very relaxing). If they have it on their lap, there is a pleasant tactile vibration as well. This can be done together as well. I have run into a few clients who found the sound grating, but the overwhelming majority ask where they could get one. For a hospice setting, I think that it would be useful for relaxation techniques, gentle improvisation, or simply using the instrument to bring a client into the here and now.
As a hospice music therapist, I use the ocean drum often with patients with late-stage dementia who interact minimally, or with patients who are experiencing anxiety. The instrument can be both engaging and calming. I also use it as a metaphor for the wave of emotions associated with grief and loss. Depending on the need of those I'm working with, I may sing water-themed songs with accompaniment of the drum, or simply explore the sound of the drum with a patient. Hope that helps!
I haven't used this in a hospice setting. I primarily use it with a private client who is profoundly and multiply impaired. I am trying to provide him a multisensory experience. Sometimes he pays attention to the tiny silver beads that he can see rolling around through the clear drum head. Other times he's guided to also feel the motion as he's assisted in holding the drum. And sometimes he chooses to play rhe drum by striking one or other of the 2 drum heads.
I don't work in hospice, but I'm a music therapist working with people with developmental disabilities. I never use the mallet on the ocean drum. I gently move it so the beads roll around. It is a very soothing sound. Sometimes I use it by itself, other times I use it to accompany any song/music that is related to ocean/sea/water.
I mostly work with kids with autism and adults with developmental delays, but find that it is super motivating and can be played during fast, stimulating activities or during relaxing. For example, I like to use it as a simple accomp. when singing the song "My Bonnie," slowly tilting it to let the beads fall to either side.
It is a good tool for sound effects to go with songs about the ocean or rain. It encourages some weight bearing arm/hand motor movement, but can be easily supported if the client can't handle the weight. Depending upon how you move it, it can be a stimulating or calming sound. It's also very visually appealing.
This drum has been used in hospice care as a relaxation tool for someone who has anxiety. It can be used with slow tempo music in the background that's familiar to the client, that can provide a sense of calmness and regulate breathing.
It really depend on what you want to do with those older adult in hospice. The sound of ocean drum do create a very relax and calming feeling, associated with water. You can do guided imagery while playing the ocean drum. Or you can let those folks play it themselves.
I have used it in medical settings with cancer patients in a music and relaxation intervention. It's very mesmerizing and has such a nice sound. It is great for guided visualization and for sensory stimulation. I think it would be great for hospice patients!
It is great for relaxation, you can sing chants while moving the drum slightly to get the ocean sounds. I also had a patient with Parkinson's and very shaky hands - he loved it as it eased his shaking.