Hallmark Care Homes is bringing the benefits of music to its dementia residents through a partnership with music and health social enterprise, Musica.
Beginning this month, Hallmark’s 20 homes will have access to Musica’s Press Play to Rewind online training which will train two team members from each home about the health benefits of music, how to create meaningful playlists and how to successfully use music in group and one to one activities.
Head of Dementia at Hallmark Care Homes, April Dobson, said: “Hallmark Care Homes is delighted to partner with Musica as we know that music has numerous benefits for everyone. It can bring about an emotional response, encourage relaxation, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and ease tension in muscles. Singing together can act as a natural form of physiotherapy through breathing, clapping, tapping feet and moving in time to the music.
“Through the partnership we will begin to integrate music into care planning using personalised music therapeutically, and bringing about magical moments of warmth and joy.”
The training, which takes approximately 12 weeks, involves a mixture of e-learning and coaching with a focus on using and documenting music activities to support people living with dementia.