Thank you for the music: Benefits of music therapy

Music can be a very soothing and therapeutic pastime, positively affecting a person’s mental health. Across our six CareChoice homes, our musical sessions are a much loved feature in our weekly activity schedules. Residents are encouraged to attend the live music sessions and get involved in the occasion, whether it is singing and dancing, or simply toe-tapping.

 

Music in our care homes

People can enjoy music in many different ways and our CareChoice activity leaders love to create unique music therapy programmes that our residents will really enjoy. These can range from music circles, and dance afternoons to live music. We even had a harp session in Clonakilty in August. Our live music sessions are always a favourite with some familiar faces performing for an afternoon, including Pat Hurley, Michael Ronan, Finbarr Ahern and more.

 

The benefits of music therapy

Music therapy is an essential part of our ethos to create a home away from home. Music helps to explore creativity and imagination as well as positively influencing mood and reducing stress. Music has been found to be particularly beneficial and therapeutic for people with dementia and we always enjoy open conversations as memories are shared. Our residents are encouraged to participate and have been known to request their favourite songs.

 

At CareChoice, we know that music therapy is an important tool for interaction, mental health and positive wellbeing. This engaging activity is something that truly strikes the right chord across all our care homes.

 

For more on the fantastic activities available at our CareChoice homes, please email supportoffice@carechoice.ie.

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