Birch House Care Home in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, which supports individuals with learning disabilities, welcomed local singer and entertainer Mhari Shand for a fun day of singing and reminiscing with people supported at the home.
Mhari, who as well as being a great singer is also an accomplished accordionist, entertained the enthusiastic audience with a selection of traditional Scottish folk songs. The spectators excitedly clapped along to old classics such as ‘The Northern Lights of Aberdeen’.
Music is recognised as being a powerful therapeutic tool for individuals with learning disabilities, helping to promote calmness and relaxation. Listening to traditional old songs such as those played by Mhari has the further benefit of aiding reminiscence, providing a comforting experience for the people supported at Birch House.
Sharon Ritchie, Activities Co-ordinator at Birch House, said:
“We would like to thank Mhari for bringing her exceptional musical talents to Birch House. You could tell that everyone really enjoyed listening to her wonderful renditions of classic songs by the wide smiles on all of their faces!”
Birch House is part of the Embrace Group, a leading independent provider of health and social care to more than 3,500 people in the UK, offering person-centred residential, educational and supported living services which enable people to live as independently as possible.