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Care homes are alive with the sound of music

Care homes across England celebrated the last night of the proms in style, with live music, performance and dance.

We joined forces with Live Music Now to challenge care homes to take part in the Live Music in Care challenge to help highlight the important role that live music can play, and we were blown away with the response

More than 100 care homes took part, from Sleepy Jean ringing out in Ormksirk, to The Sailors Hornpipe in Plymouth, and of course, some Rule Britannia reverberating out from homes all over the country. We enjoyed our very own session with Afro Samba in Wandsworth at Nightingale House.

While all of this was great fun, it also served a greater purpose too – Music can have a transformative effect on people. Taking part in music and music-making can have a great impact on your social and emotional wellbeing, and your quality of life. It can also remain a way of communication when speech is lost through dementia.

It’s not just residents that benefit from this, many staff that take part in music activities report increased job satisfaction and enjoyment.

Later life should be a time of creativity and discovery, and music is just one way to help ensure care homes can offer this.

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