Monkscroft showcase the value of music in care homes at national care conference
Activities Coordinators from Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham, operated by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), got the opportunity to share their experiences of the value of music in care homes at the National Care Forum Managers Conference 2019.
Ewa Cwiklak and Sarah Davis took part in a presentation with Evan Dawson from Live Music Now and Grace Meadows from Music for Dementia 2020 at the conference which was attended by managers and senior leaders from care homes across the UK.
Ewa said it had been an honour to take part and to share their experiences of the benefits of using music in a care setting.
She said: “The event went really, really well. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase what we’ve achieved at Monkscroft.”
As well as taking part in a question and answer session, Ewa and Sarah also participated in a performance of a song called Five Little Chickens written by Monkscroft residents and children from the local nursery.
Ewa said: “We sang this song with professional musician Julia Turner from Live Music Now. It was amazing to see all delegates from the forum join us to sing along.”
Monkscroft has worked with Live Music Now since 2017 on the ‘Choir in every Care Home’ project and a current inter-generational music project. The home now provides regular interactive and one-to-one music sessions for residents.