Three care homes, operated by the Runwood Homes Group, have partnered with the University of Nottingham to take part in the MIDDEL study, an important international research project involving residents who have both dementia and depression.
The partnership was organised with Maun View, Bramwell and Braywood Gardens in late 2021, to explore the impact that different forms of music can have on elderly residents in care homes.
The MIDDEL study aims to produce evidence about music in relation to its power to lift depression in residents with dementia, answering the question ‘what works for whom?’. Altogether, 1000 care home residents, in six countries, are part of the MIDDEL study.
The Runwood homes were randomly allocated music packages at different levels of intensity as part of the research programme. These packages were delivered over six months, with up to 4 sessions per week in some homes. Bramwell, Braywood and Maun View all benefitted from the free sessions led by professional musicians. As part of the study for Maun View, musician Cliff, has been playing a range of musical instruments for the residents to sing along to.
Cliff McArdle, Musician from the MIDDEL study, said:
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed leading singing sessions at Maun View, where all the staff have been professional, friendly and welcoming. Perhaps the most rewarding moments, and they happen quite often, are when a facial expression, words on the lips, movement of the body, a smile or a twinkle in the eyes unleash a torrent of happy memories! Particular favourites seem to be: Rock Around The Clock, show stoppers – Singing In The Rain and I’m Getting Married In The Morning, film numbers – Moon River, older classics – Daisy, Daisy, as well as more recent hits – Sweet Caroline and feel-good songs – Let’s Go Fly A Kite.”
Justine Schneider, Professor of Mental Health and Social Care at the University of Nottingham, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Runwood Homes on this important international research into music in care settings. Recognising the value that music can bring to the lives of residents, team members and visitors in care homes, Runwood Homes personnel have been extremely supportive. Both managers and care teams have worked hard to make this study a success. Unfortunately, we are not able to involve any other homes in the study as our UK quota is now full”