The most exciting part of our job at Playlist for Life is seeing the impact personal music can have on people living with dementia and those who care for them. The past few months have been difficult, but amongst the tough times we’ve heard some truly amazing stories about the power of music from our community: stories of music benefiting people living with dementia, both at home and in care homes, that have lifted our spirits and demonstrated the power of a personalised playlist.
Just before lockdown was put in place and all our lives changed quite significantly, our business manager Paula and our training lead Mary had the exciting opportunity to attend a training certification celebration at one of Avery Healthcare’s Nottingham care homes and hear first-hand how four Avery care homes in the area are integrating playlists into care. There’s a wonderful video of the celebration at the end of this post. Avery first piloted Playlist for Life in 2018 and after successfully completing our professional training; they now have 10 Playlist for Life certified homes and a dedicated Playlist for Life champion and in-house staff trainer, Heather Perkins.
At the celebration, staff from each care home shared powerful stories of how they incorporate music into care and the benefits this has for both staff and residents alike. The impact of the staff’s great work can been seen in the positive effects on residents’ well-being.
We continue to work with home carers and care facilities, including Avery residencies, during this difficult lockdown period and are constantly exploring new ways to bring the power of music to those who need it. We’re encouraging everyone to connect through music and create a personalised playlist for a loved one. To get started with a playlist, check out our top tips and conversation starters.
Find out more about the benefits of integrating playlists into care by watching Avery’s excellent video below.