Developing everyday creative activities is a good way of bringing more art into your homes. Residents and staff that are put off by the term ‘the arts’ may be more willing to take part in craft, reminiscence or cooking related activities.
Launched in May 2015, A Choir in Every Care Home is an initiative to explore how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the country.
The Toolkit for Care Homes, aimed at care homes and musicians, provides practical tips and advice on how to bring music into the lives of care home residents.
Watch 5 videos made by Live Music Now on how to lead a music session.
Live Music Now work with a very diverse range of people in different settings including care homes.
Live Music Now has eight regional branches. To find a professionally trained musician to come and do a session in your care home see listings in a wide range of different genres and then contact your regional branch for their contact details.
Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC) is a charity providing live music sessions for people who are receiving care or treatment in healthcare settings across the UK.
MiHC operates in a vast range of healthcare settings, with a wide variety of musicians, musical genres, and audience groups. Book a music concert for your care home.
Alive Activities provide dynamic person-centred creative activities for older people living in care homes, allowing participants to shape the content and direction of sessions. Alive Activities provide a variety of arts sessions and staff training workshops for care homes.
Region: Bristol & surrounding counties
Asian Journal of Human Services article about the benefits of music in care settings. Read here
Aging & Mental Health Article about the benefits of music in care settings Read here
Find out more about Boogie Mite’s Intergenerational Music initiative : Sharing Music to Boost Well-being and Community Cohesion.
Boogie Mites have conducted an evaluation measuring community cohesion in two care homes and a day centre in Portsmouth. These settings care for older people and have been visited by children aged 10 months – 4 years, either from a Nursery School setting or with parents old on a weekly basis, for Intergenerational music sessions.