Care Home Choir

ENGAGE: WHAT WE DO

Your carehome is as individual as your residents. We bring clinical solutions that reduce resident comorbidities including stress, anxiety and depression. Research shows that these impact existing conditions, and reducing complications improves quality of life. Happier residents, happier staff.

We deliver bespoke music interventions We ask about the range of conditions of your residents to determine the most appropriate intervention techniques. The setting’s personal programme.

We introduce meaningful activity through routine We ask the residents about their preferences, interests and memories. The resident’s personal programme.

We recognise individuality within groups We ask for a supportive member of staff to attend each session to learn residents’ names and advise on mobility. Your personal programme.

EMPOWER: BENEFITS OF MUSIC

Why music? We used to think that music worked by providing a distraction,. Then reseachers began to use non-invasive imaging techniques to discover that the brain introduced increased blood flow in regions of activity. Areas of activation resulted in hormone release, impacting feelings, thoughts and quality of life. One particularly powerful hormone release is what we call the goose-bump effect. Research shows that while we do not yet understand why we experience goosebumps at different times, there is evidence that they signal the release of homogenous opioids within the brain, providing free and powerful pain relief. Other benefits include:

Increased dopamine One of the “feel-good” neurotransmitters that is particularly low in people with depression, and increases with music.

Increased seratonin This happy-hormone is released during moments of pleasure and manages movement co-ordination as well as cognition or learning.

Increased oxytocin The love-hormone is released during group activities like singing, and encourages bonding and social cohesion.

Improved circulation Heart and blood circulation synchronise with music within 10 seconds, reducing stress and enhancing motor skills.

Improved respiration Significantly decreased levels of respiration per minute have been found in patients listening to community musicians.

Reduced blood pressure Respiration and blood pressure studies have also found significant decreases in systolic blood pressure due to music.

Reduced cortisol This stress hormone can result in anxiety, high blood pressure and stroke, but also increases metabolism and reduces inflammation.

Increased GABA This inhibitory neurotransmitter lowers brain activity and is particularly associated with anxiety, mood, stress, diabetes and sleep. 

Increased endorphins Also known as one of the “feel-good” hormones, it is reduces pain when released in the brain.

Improved quality of life Studies show that reducing depression, anxiety and pain can significantly improve quality of life.

ENDURE: WHY WE DO IT

Music does more than distract the brain from pain. Music actually rewires the brain, increasing signals in multiple areas of reward. The more often these signals are repeated, the quicker the brain accesses this pathway

We aim to reduce stress and anxiety Our approach allows for an effective group intervention through interaction based on research.

We promote confidence and independence Our personal focus makes every session unique and personal to each resident.

We do this to engage, empower and endure We create opportunities for our sessions to impact residents well after we leave.

HOW WE DO IT:

We respond to the latest research by changing pattens and training immediately, attending relevent training and conferences, and actively engaging with the music education, health and voluntary sectors.

We use proven health and music education techniques We constantly assess our and our staff/volunteer training needs.

We work to reduce pain and discomfort By specially selecting our activities and repertoire, we aim to achieve the “goosebump effect” to achieve the reduced pain.

We respond to individual group preference By personalising each session, we recognise the importance that each resident holds.