St Martins Grange Residents Get Musical For Memories

Residents at Care South’s St Martins Grange care home in Gillingham, recently enjoyed a fun session from Musica, a music- led workshop to help stimulate the mind and encourage movement.

Music workshops in care homes are a perfect and practical solution to motivate and stimulate older adults, particularly those with dementia. Over the past six years, Musica has developed a unique and award-winning music workshop methodology that both motivates and engages the participants it is working with, and is designed around current research.

The fun-filled activity session was run by Katy, the Dorset Musica’s Area Manager, who delighted residents with the wonderful tunes she played on her flute. Residents were given instruments of their own to play and to join in the workshops. As part of the activity session, Katy also included music from her iPod to enable her to interact with the residents – everyone loved getting involved!

Home Manager at St Martins Grange, Jacqui Lloyd, commented on the session: “The activities programmes we run across the Care South homes play a really important role in the health and wellbeing of our residents. We always love welcoming Katy from Musica to host a session with our residents, they really enjoy not only learning how to play instruments but also expressing themselves through the music. We are already looking forward to another visit from Katy soon!”

Katy Ashman, Dorset Musica Area Manager, added: “I really enjoy performing and sharing my music, whether it’s on my trusty flute, or my adorable bassoon! Musica is a great outlet for me to share my passion and enthusiasm for making music in the community and it is always a real pleasure to visit the residents here at St Martins Grange – everyone is always enthusiastic and loves playing the instruments.”