Music Parties

By Yvonne Manson, Dementia Consultant

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We recently spoke about the impact that music therapy has on the lives of residents living with dementia and the introduction of Playlist for Life within our homes. As an addition to the personalised approach to music, we also provide various other uses of music within the care homes including: parties, concerts and singing cafes.

Antiquary care home in Arbroath, runs a singing café once a fortnight which many of the residents, and often family members, greatly enjoy. The social element this provides is as beneficial as the impact as the music itself, with people generally leaving with a positive and upbeat feel.

Within these sessions, singing books are provided and the songs are chosen by members of the group. There’s often times when these sessions become far more interactive as people start dancing and really enjoying themselves.

A relative from Antiquary commented: ‘I always attend because I love it and I'm always looking out for the next one’. This seems to be the vibe throughout the home as residents mentioned: ‘I love the singing, even though I’m not very good, but it makes me happy’.

Staff members and residents report that the café, as well as being great fun, improves their wellbeing and the impact on residents can be long lasting, this feedback is also backed up by many recent research and study papers. 

If you’d like to find out more about our singing cafes or how to start one within your own home, please get in touch and we’d be more than happy to help. Aileen at Antiquary is a great person to support and will happily tell you all about the program they have in place and the benefits.