Kate Leatherby

Kate Leatherby

Kate Jones is a Paramedic and Client Services Manager for the Western Region at Pulsara.

Recent posts by Kate Leatherby

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Face the Music: Thinking Outside the Pill Bottle for Dementia Patients

By Kate Leatherby on Apr 08, 2019

There are several clinical studies of elderly populations that suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia which show that familiar and pleasant music can decrease agitation, reduce depression, increase movement and sociability, as well as improve cognitive ability and decrease problem behaviors BETTER than medicine.  Recently, I was privileged to encounter this phenomenon up close and in person.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of music. I spent many years playing my own music, and I’ve spent thousands of hours at music festivals and live shows, connecting with the energy in each note. As a kid, I remember sitting in the backseat of my mom’s car and singing along to all of her favorite artists she’d play over and over on cassette tapes.

Anytime I hear those songs now, I remember what it felt like to sing them with my mom as we cruised along the roadways of southwestern Pennsylvania. I can vividly recall the carefree feeling, the happiness, the smiles, and most of all how the music would flow through us, deepening our mother-daughter bond with each note.

Topics: EMS
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The Role of Mindful Communication in Patient Care

By Kate Leatherby on Mar 06, 2019

 You are probably aware that some of the most important forms of communication are non-verbal. Shared cues between people, facial expressions, gestures, tone of voice, and even our posture communicate important information to those around us.  Recent research shows that mindfulness and compassion-based communication strategies can improve communication between patients and healthcare practitioners, which is one of the most important components to enhancing the patient experience.