A care home in Worcester is joining a nationwide initiative to promote singing for older people.
Tiffany Thompson and her colleague Deb Milosavljevich from Care UK’s Perry Manor, on Charles Hastings Way, were among the first care home team members in the country to be trained to deliver their own ‘Singing from the Brain’ sessions.
The innovative scheme, developed by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to bring people together through music and singing. The sessions encourage older people, especially those living with dementia, to sing their favourite songs from decades gone by in order to improve cognitive functions.
So far, the sessions have proven to be popular among residents, and team members are already starting to see the positive effects; one resident was able to remember her wedding day upon hearing her wedding song, something she hadn’t been able to do in years.
Greta, aged 85, who lives at Perry Manor, said: “Singing always makes me happy and brings back lovely memories”.
Katherine Matthews, Home Manager at Perry Manor, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved in the ‘Singing for the Brain’ initiative.
“Music can have many therapeutic benefits for older people, especially those living with dementia, by offering them an alternative way to communicate, while also encouraging happy memories from their younger years. ‘Singing for the Brain’ has been designed to do just that – plus everyone here loves a sing-along!
“I’m proud of Tiffany and Deb’s hard work during their training – the sessions have definitely hit the right note with residents, and we’re all looking forward to the next one.”
Perry Manor is a state-of-the-art Care UK home, which provides full time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short term respite care. Rated outstanding by the CQC, the home is designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema, cafe and hair salon, with plenty of space both indoors and out for relaxation and recreation.
To find out more about Perry Manor care home email Jimi Wright, customer relations manager, at email@example.com or call 01905 886 715.
For more general information visit: careuk.com/perry-manor