Music is an important part of our provision of residential dementia care in Stoke on Trent. We regularly have singers and musicians visit our residents to provide entertainment and to encourage group singing sessions. Participating in music and singing is proven to have many physiological and mental health benefits.
Music and singing can reach deep inside the brain and stimulate memories from many years or decades ago. According to the charity Age UK, the auditory part of the brain is formed and is musically receptive as early as 16 weeks from when we are born. Meaning that we are very receptive to tunes before other memories and brain functions are formed. Melody and song lyrics once considered forgotten can be recalled even though the person with dementia shows short term memory loss and confusion. Singing is also a wonderful group activity which fosters a sense of community and belonging helping to counteract feelings of loneliness and isolation. The activity releases endorphins which improves the mood of an individual and develops self confidence. Having school children visit us to sing Christmas carols bridges the generations and connects residents to life outside, which is another positive aspect of our residential dementia care in Stoke on Trent.
Caring for an elderly relative with dementia requires a lot of patience and understanding and love. Over time the symptoms can progress, and this can put additional strain on family members and carers. It is important to think about future situations and whether your loved one is going to need more intensive care provision. The team here at Lovett Care are very experienced at delivering high quality dementia care in Stoke on Trent. To ask us about the dementia care options available at Hilton House and Goldendale house, please contact us today.