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