(CNN)In ordinary times, music therapy for Michael Russo’s hospice patients revolves around glorified home concerts: the troubadour breaks out the guitar, plays Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” or “Crazy” by Willie Nelson and spreads life-affirming joy during a patient’s final days. But during the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted hospice facilities to enact strict social distancing policies to minimize the risk of infection, Russo has had to improvise.Instead of one-on-one sessions in patient rooms, he’s embraced Facebook Live broadcasts, video call sessions and even recorded messages. During a recent house call to a Tidewell Hospice facility in Punta Gorda, Florida, Russo set up his one-man band on a patio outside a giant window. He was close enough to the lobby so patients could hear him but safely distanced behind glass so he wouldn’t risk infecting his audience.”Nurses wheeled patients right up against the window so they could see me and hear me and sing along as they would anywhere else,” he said. “We weren’t completely together, but it was the next best thing.”This sort of innovation has become commonplace at end-of-life facilities these days. At a time when the specter of Covid-19 looms ominously over public health systems around


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