Music therapy is a hit at Chester nursing home

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A nursing home in Chester has hit the right note with a brand new music-inspired project.

Residents of Care UK’s Deewater Grange, on Chester Road, enjoyed a guitar and bass session as part of a wider initiative to benefit from music therapy.

The initiative, developed in partnership by Nordoff-Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, consists of weekly sessions featuring a variety of instruments residents can try out – from drums and maracas to keyboards and guitars.

Nordoff-Robbins promotes music as a tool to enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities, or feelings of isolation, regardless of age or condition.

As part of their final session, led by Nordoff-Robbins Charlotte Bailey, residents and team members also had the opportunity to tap their feet to the beat of the drums.

Deewater Grange resident Betty said: “I can’t wait for Charlotte to come every week. The environment is so happy – my friends and I enjoy it immensely and I always participate. My favorite instrument is anything that moves!

“My mother always liked to see me dancing with my sister when we were little, that’s why I love music. I like to dance at the same time but I much prefer playing instruments.”

Sally Cooper, Home Manager at Deewater Grange, said: “Our music therapy sessions are definitely a weekly highlight for many residents – it’s amazing to see the smiles on their faces when they start to hear music or to play with the instruments.

“Music therapy has become a hugely popular activity to help older people, especially those with dementia, because it can help people tap into their powerful memories and nostalgia while providing them with another way to communicate.

“In addition to these benefits, the Nordoff-Robbins workshop also provided an opportunity to work on our best dance moves and coordination, which is an essential component of fall prevention – so it was definitely the perfect activity. for us.

“Seeing the residents’ confidence and skills improve each week has been wonderful, so we look forward to our next musical activity.”

Deewater Grange provides full-time residential care, dementia care and nursing care. The house has been designed to enable residents to lead active and fulfilling lives, while promoting independence, and includes space for leisure and recreation, including its own cafe, bar, cinema as well as a lounge. hairstyle and beauty.

The building layout is configured into a series of individual suites, each with a dedicated living/dining room to facilitate the creation of tight-knit communities.

For more information about Deewater Grange please contact Client Relations Manager Donna Brown at donna.brown@careuk.com or call 01244 455176.

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