South coast care home provider Colten Care has created a Music and Arts Partner role to help improve residents’ wellbeing and quality of life.
Professional musician, teacher and music in healthcare practitioner Fiona Pritchard will work across the group’s 20 nursing homes, including five with dementia specific settings.
Fiona said: “I am introducing arts based approaches into everyday care and offering individualised interactions with residents based on an arts activity of interest.
“I will use creative interventions to offer people living with dementia an alternative means to express how they feel and challenge how their diagnosis is perceived.
“I will also enable residents to access the arts activities that are taking place in their local community.”
A key part of Fiona’s role will be stimulating residents’ creativity and imagination through singing, playing, music, drama, poetry, storytelling, dance and active listening.
Tim Wookey, Colten Care’s Director of Companionship, said: “Fiona will work closely with our home managers and clinical, care and companionship teams to meet those residents who will benefit best from her input.
“Research suggests that there is improved mood and attitude if there is music in the home.
“Enabling staff to participate alongside residents will become a shared experience with a real community feel.
“For those living with dementia, Fiona and our Admiral Nurse Kay Gibson will design and implement person-centred interactions.
“Fiona will also set up a regular opportunity for residents, relatives and people in the community to engage in such activities as a music café.”
For more information about Fiona and her role, visit www.coltencare.co.uk/music-and-arts.