Our 2019 Summer News celebrates a collaboration with LITA Music volunteers and two compassionate and creative doctos,
Emily Carter and Jennifer Tsang, who prctice at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. They have launched a Music as Medicine Program with the enthusiastic support of LITA of Contra Costa.
LITA served for free as local boots on the ground during the 3 year CAHF Medicare funded study ( ended 2017) that again proved the powerful benefits for disabled seniors in care who get their personal favorite music on iPod, and participate in “sing-alongs”. LITA will continue to provide all this and more to staff at CCRMC and half a dozen SNF, as we support facility bound residents by discovering and providing them personal music on iPod. We can use all donated iPhones & iPads. currently we are supporting
iPods and iPads for residents at Windsor Rosewood Manor care in Pleasant Hill, and Greenridge Senior Care in El Sobrante. We look forwrd to revitalizing our long standing iPod program at Legacy Nursing and Rehab in Martinez after a long period of frequent Activity staff turnovers. Praying that
Please bring your pets and volunteer. Nework with animal rescue and do all you can to send us Pet visitors. It is rare for LITA
to find lasting volunteers for this great service. Margaret Mc Guire who coordinated Pet visits at John Nuir Medical Center is discovered LITA and connected us with athena who administers pet visits through ARF. We look forward to sending our Pet visitor volunteers there for excellent training and orientation prior to thier arriving at the many SNF requesting Pet visits from LITA.
Your donations to LITA improve the quality of life for a growing number of increasingly isolated persons living in skilled nursing facilities. SNF budgets for stimulating activities are continuously cut. That’s why delivery of LITA’s services are invaluable.
Our world seems so full of violence and heartlessness. But you can make a difference one soul at a time. Give generously
to help us show that Love really is the Answer.
With sincere gratitude,
LITA of Contra Costa Dir
LITA of CC Love Is The Answer Summer 2019
LITA of Contra Costa, Non-Profit Public Charity since 1980
Music as Medicine-
LITA is super excited to support a new program at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez. Led by Dr. Emily Carter and Dr. Jenny Tsang,
the Music as Medicine project is bringing personal music and entertainment on LITA donated iPods and iPads to 30 or more long stay patients,
who for a variety of reasons are stranded, living at the hospital without even the minimal services provided in skilled nursing facilities.
Residents in SNF have regular activity programs and at least semi-private rooms and a closet of their own. CCRMC long stay patients only have
a rolling bed and a nightstand on wheels. They may be shuttled here or there any time a more urgent medical case arrives. This is extra
disorienting for these already isolated patients, many of whom suffer with varying degrees of dementia. It is a delight working with Dr. Jenny
is pictured in the center below with two of her long stay patients, who now at least enjoy a small private and personal media space at their only home, inside our busy county hospital.
Kudos to Scarlett Whedbee & Maltipoo Shay ( above ) bi-monthly LITA PET VISITORS in Concord
at Willowpass Health care. The amazing Maggie Mcguire, of Crockett CA and her comrades at ARF
and Pet Therapy organizations are determined to help LITA to expand our number of Pet Visits.
LITA CAROLING / CARD GIFTING,
PLEASE JOIN US WINTER 2019 for New DATES and Locations
In December each year LITA brings caroling books & a few strong lead singers. Come enjoy a beautiful way to spread Holiday Joy.
One location is fine, but you MUST write or call LITA Director Victoria Ryan to reserve your date and time so LITA can inform hospital staff and
bring enough caroling book for all. If you are able to sing both am and pm, we go lunch together in between locations (Thanks to a grant from
"Share The Spirit"!) at a place convenient to both caroling locations.
Contact Victoria Ryan 925 212 4573 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LITA of Contra Costa has a Donate button at www.litaofcontracosta.org or
mail a contribution to: LITA of CC, PO Box 121, Port Costa, CA 94569-0212
Phone Numbers (510) 527-2055 LOVE IS THE ANSWER Executive Director (925) 212-4573