Care home comes alive with the sound of music

Residents enjoy singing, strumming and
tapping along. The sound of music could be heard all over a care home as
residents enjoyed a melodious experience.

Staff at
Glebefields Care Centre in Drayton ran a music event with different
activities taking place every day last week. Residents enjoyed a visit
from an opera singer, a guitarist and a vicar and his wife who performed
a rendition of There’s a Hole in My Bucket. Those who were able also
exercised to music and some residents enjoyed listening to tunes while
in the bath or shower. Children also went to the home to perform dances.
The event was part of a challenge called Music in the Air run by the
National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People

The organisation invited care providers to find different ways of
bringing music into the daily life of a home and a £3,000 prize is up
for grabs. Sally Knocker, NAPA’s director of communications, said:
“Music, perhaps more than anything else in a care home, has the
potential to transform a mood in a room, whether to lift spirits or
cause stress.”

Joyce Furey, social care manager at Glebefields, said: “Of course
we’d love to win but we learned so much by joining in and having a go
at what they suggested. We’ve tried to involve relatives, volunteers and
outside workers. It was really lovely week. We have been able to use
music for exercise, relaxation, fun and have been obtaining the services
of local people to help in our efforts. This has been an exciting week
in the lives of the residents.” Residents released balloons with wishes
attached to them to end the week.

28th May 2010

Majesticare embraces a greener future

Majesticare, the luxury care home group, has announced a major investment in technologies to help reduce their Carbon Footprint.

employed energy efficiency consultants to undertake survey on a number
of their 17 homes in order to assess their energy efficiency and
identify opportunities to make improvements.

The survey
identified the opportunity to significantly reduce gas and oil
consumption through the installation of advanced heating control systems
which analyse all factors that can affect the operation of a heating
system and then identifies the best possible plant performance for
specific temperature requirements and a more efficient boiler firing

Steve Oakes, Finance Director commented “Climate change
is one of the biggest threats to our planet, so it is critical that
everyone plays their part. We are always looking for ways to improve our
energy efficiency and the installation of advanced heating controls has
a positive benefit to both the environment and improves the
temperatures within our homes, which is beneficial for our residents.”

4th May 2010