EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MHSA, LNHA, CDAL, KENSINGTON PARK SENIOR LIVING
3620 Littledale Road
Kensington, MD 20895
What makes your Creative Arts Therapy program unique?
www.kensingtonparkseniorliving.com H I L A
Why did Kensington Park establish an in-house Creative Arts Therapy program?
Our program seeks to reach the very heart and soul of our seniors. Whether it is to create
meaningful moments of connection or ease pain, agitation and anxiety through non-
pharmacological means, our primary goal is to improve the quality of our residents’ lives. We
are excited to explore opportunities to ignite personal passions, expand possibilities for joyful
self-expression and connect generations.
Our owners are deeply committed to a holistic approach to care. We are a community that
appeals as much to the emotional, social and spiritual wellness of residents as we do to their
mental and physical health. Music and art therapy are burgeoning fields supported by a growing
base of promising research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and gerontology. With
research led by organizations like NIH taking a global stage, we wanted to offer the benefits of
these therapies in our own community.
We chose to build our own in-house team of four board-certified music therapists who are on-site
daily, which allows us a more integrated approach. Our therapists not only consult on creative arts
for our general population, but also conduct highly individualized one-on-one, dyad and small
The process begins with an in-depth assessment of areas of functioning, from which
personalized goals and service plans are established. This evidence-based, clinical use of music
intervention is most often focused on non-musical goals. These goals can include improving
mood or increasing social interaction and cognitive stimulation. Our therapists involve family
members in the process with monthly progress reports, regular photos and videos, and
invitations to sessions and performances. The joy that this program has brought to residents,
families, staff and the larger community has been profound.
Rachelle Splechter, MT- BC;
Khyla Anderson, MT- BC;
Melissa Pate, MT- BC;
Jessie Power, MA, MT- BC