The new Runwood Homes’ initiative, named ‘Musical Memories Together’, aims to bring homes across the Group together, to enjoy the benefits of musical connection.
The first singalong session took place on the 12 May and, going forward, will take place bimonthly.
Music and singing in the care home setting has invaluable benefits for residents. Improving wellbeing, reducing stress and anxiety, and boosting feelings of belonging. Singing together helps residents to bond, connect and form and develop friendships. For people living with dementia, music and singing can help them to express themselves and help them to connect with loved ones.
Music and singalong sessions are a great reminiscence activity as well and can be good for memory recall.
Kieun Kwon, Associate Director of Dementia Services, understands the importance of musical connection within the care homes and, as such, was pleased to be able to launch this lovely initiative.
Kieun said: “It was a delight to see residents across our portfolio of homes enjoying the music and singalong session. Many residents have a passion for singing and music, so this was a great way to showcase that and provide an opportunity to share in that passion and interest. Practicing the songs together helps socially, psychologically and emotionally, as well as physical improvement, such as breathing and lots of movement. We are all looking forward to the next event and seeing the long-term benefits that this initiative is sure to bring.”
Cathy, Wellbeing Lead at The Grange, hosted the first session with residents, and was so pleased to see nineteen other homes join in. Cathy began the session with a warmup exercise, including breathing and gentle movements.
The Grange care home, in Wickford, is home to the One Voice Choir, a group of talented residents who perform together at various venues and events, as well as performing over Zoom as well. The One Voice Choir was present for the musical memories session and was a great way to showcase their talents to the other homes. The initiative is also a great opportunity for residents across homes to sing along and perform together, which help residents and teams connect.
The first session saw attendees sing together to ten songs, including Yellow Submarine, by The Beatles, She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain by Vicky Aldridge, and Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard, to name a few.