A West Sussex care home which is piloting digital music therapy has been rated Outstanding by the CQC.
Woodlands Nursing Home in Burgess Hill is a pilot site for US charity MUSIC & MEMORY, which brings personalised music to elderly people and those living with dementia through digital technology.
One resident told inspectors: “I love listening to the old tunes, it really is lovely. I remember them well.”
MUSIC & MEMORY train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalised playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.
The CQC also commended Woodlands for its innovation in pet therapy, highlighting how the provider set about identifying a suitable adult dog from a local dog breeder that could spend a substantial amount of time with people.
Deborah Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: “The commitment to high quality care was there and was reflected in how people were placed at the heart of the service. People were supported to maintain strong links with the community through meaningful imaginative activities.”