Throughout the world, improvements in medicine, hygiene and nutrition have led to much longer life expectancies. This is a huge achievement for our species. However, it has placed greater strains than ever before on the social systems that support older people, particularly those living with dementia. On top of this, a career in adult social care can be very challenging, and staff ‘churn’ adds significantly to the difficulties placed on care home management. Under such circumstances, many care home managers might reasonably resist the suggestion that they prioritise introducing a new music programme. However, those care homes that have embraced music have seen significant returns on their investment, leading to better living and working conditions for everyone.
LIVE MUSIC IN CARE is the result of a research enquiry that has been supported by 35 national organisations in the social care and arts sectors, working together since 2015 under the banner ‘A Choir in Every Care Home’, funded by the Baring Foundation. They are united in their vision to inspire and support care homes throughout the UK to introduce more and better music engagement for older people.
The 'Live Music in Care' report's independently evaluated results showed significant impacts for everyone involved, concluding that “carefully delivered music can provide significant benefits for older people, care staff and care settings, contributing to person-centred care”.
Read the full report at livemusicincare.org