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Spreading Christmas Cheer With Music In Nursing Homes

Dementia care

This Christmas seven nursing homes across the UK are expecting live carol concerts to entertain their residents. This is due to a renewed partnership between Everest and Charity Music in Hospitals and Care. Care homes understand this is a great way to spread Christmas cheer and lift the spirits of residents, their families, friends and carers.

Music in Hospitals and Care have been providing live music in healthcare since 1948, and is becoming an increasingly popular event in nursing homes. Concerts are often held in care home conservatories, providing the residents with a much needed boost during the festive period.

Furthermore live music is reported to provide therapeutic benefits. Results show that music can lower anxiety and stress, improving the body’s overall immune system and aiding pain relief.

At one such event where 200 care home residents enjoyed live music, 89% reported an improved mood and showed an increase in social interaction.

Previous care homes have offered nothing but praise for these events. It’s very typical to see residents dancing to the best of their abilities and others sat listening, smiling from ear to ear. Events like these can really help break up residents daily routines. Christmas is the season for getting together with your family so bringing everyone together at this time can really help improve resident’s moods and raise spirits.

The receptionist at one particularly care home stated how lovely the gentleman who came to play the music was, stating how friendly he was and how the music he played was very cheerful. The residents responded well to him and some even tried to dance in their wheelchairs.

At another concert people said the event was a memorable afternoon, a well attended sing-along of around 45 residents. They explained how their care home has a range of residents suffering from dementia, restricted visibility and hearing difficulties but stated how all of the residents got something out of the live carol concert.

Music is synonymous with the festive period and is a fantastic way of improving the wellbeing and spirits of residents and carers alike.

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