Hospice care is an interdisciplinary, team approach to care. Teams at Hospice of Palm Beach County are organized geographically across the county and by the type of facility served. There are home care teams, skilled nursing home teams, assisted living facility teams and inpatient teams. The members of the hospice team consist of registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, spiritual care counselors, music therapists, holistic therapists, bereavement counselors, and volunteers. Bereavement support is provided for the family after the death of the patient through individual counseling and loss-specific support groups, including specialized children's programs.
Nearly 900 highly trained Hospice of Palm Beach County employees make ours a program that excels in innovative care and quality service to our community. Support from the community and proceeds from events also allow us to provide additional services above and beyond traditional Hospice care, including thriving programs in music therapy, massage therapy, and bereavement.
Interns have the opportunity to work with all members of the interdisciplinary team and to shadow each of our 10 music therapists. After orientation, interns begin to work more closely with their Internship Director and Internship Supervisors.
Internship Directors and Supervisors
Sheri Clark, MT-BC, has 10 years of hospice experience and has been with Hospice of Palm Beach County since 2006. Sheri sees patients in assisted living and inpatient hospital settings. She received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Phillips University in Enid, OK and her Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. Sheri supervised students at the University of Kansas and served as practicum supervisor at Kansas City Hospice.
Margaret Roesch, M.S., MT-BC, works with patients on home and nursing home teams. Margaret has been practicing music therapy since 1995, having worked with many populations, but specializing in individuals living with strokes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Margaret has an Equivalency Degree in Music Therapy from East Carolina University and a Masters Degree in Music Education from Indiana University. She has supervised music therapy interns through her own private practice.
Laury Royse, M.A., MT-BC, works with patients and families in homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Laury received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Pepperdine University and a Master's degree in Music Therapy from Texas Woman's University, where she focused on Multicultural Music Therapy.
AMTA National Roster Internship Director
Alyssa Cadwalader, MA, MT-BC, is the Music Therapy Education Lead, overseeing the internship program, music therapy continuing education, and new music therapist orientation. She received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Ithaca College and completed a music therapy equivalency and Master of Arts in music therapy from the University of Iowa. She is currently the clinical lead on a research study at Hospice of Palm Beach County, examining the effects of music therapy on hospice patients with agitation. Alyssa worked to create a hospice guide of care plan problems and music therapy interventions that is given to all clinicians at Hospice of Palm Beach County, and has worked to incorporate interventions utilizing technology into hospice sessions
Equipment available for the intern includes:
• Fake books
• Yamaha upright piano
• Paddle drums
• Child's Conga drums
• Bass guitar
• Lap Harp
• Sensory Stimulation Kits
• Yamaha electronic keyboards
• Rhythm eggs
• Classical and Acousitc guitars
• CD/cassette boom boxes
• Karaoke machine
• Minidisc Digital Recorder
• iTunes account
• LP rhythm bags/kits
• Tubano drums
• Electric guitars
• Rhythm instruments
• Apple Macbook Pro