From the moment we start growing music impacts our lives and influences our thoughts and feelings. Even before we develop speech, we understand music and its many rhythms, this continues onto later life when we begin to lose our abilities to speak.
At Worthington Lake Care Home in Standish, we encourage our residents to enjoy and connect once again to their favourite music. As you can see from the photograph, our resident Barbara is happily listening to Queen as a spontaneous activity, with not a care in the world!
Music and Dementia
Music is a powerful tool we use to help communicate with our residents, as music can be engaging with the people that live with us.
Music reminds them of happy memories and events in their life, calming them and in turn making them easier to communicate with and it helps them to connect more with our house assistants.
The science behind music therapy is really quite fascinating. The music that our Residents once listened to are triggering a part of the brain that is untouched by the affects of dementia, this then helps our residents to remember things they enjoy, memories they may have had and they are able to communicate with our helpful staff.
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to using music to help care for someone dementia; if for instance, someone who lives with dementia is in need of settling or going through a stage of anxiety or distress, at Worthington Lake Care Home in Standish; music is one of, but a powerful intervention. This has been scientifically proven to have calming and relaxing effects in addition to lifting mood and evoking happy memories.
Other benefits are:
- Music encourages our Residents to open-up to our staff.
- Music helps our residents to express their thoughts and feelings.
- It can reduce the feeling of isolation that someone with dementia might feel.
- It helps to get our residents in the mood for a sing and dance, which then encourages exercise and getting about the care home.
Taken from a post from Alzheimers.net, this quote perfectly sums up the response Musical therapy has on people diagnosed with dementia:
“Perhaps most encouraging, some residences are actually seeing a reduction in the need for psychotropic drugs, which carry with them a set of problems all their own.”
What to be aware of
Sadly, some music can trigger very upsetting memories that may be in our Resident’s mind. To fight these bad thoughts and feelings, our fully trained staff make sure that they only use music that the Resident is fond of. Each resident at the home has a playlist. This is built and developed by having an understanding of their life histories and which songs and music resonated with them at key moments in their life and at specific eras. We use this, combined with innovative approaches to technology as part of our approach to a wellbeing orientated model of care.
We love that our residents at Worthington Lakes Care Home, are able to reconnect with their glory days through music. We encourage all of our staff to listen along as well, as you never know, they may enjoy it too!
For more information on Worthington Lake Care Home in Standish, visit our website www.worthingtonlake.co.uk.