Benefits for Carers
Carers from the residential homes regularly tell us that Lost Chord has enhanced their understanding of the therapeutic value of live music and makes a real difference to how they approach dementia sufferers across all other areas of their care work.
Many express the desire for more concerts and all agree Lost Chord supports their efforts to improve the quality of care provided by all the staff.
“Lost Chord concerts improve the quality of care we are able to provide- we would like to have more.”
Carer in a Lost Chord setting
The carers are also benefiting considerably from their exposure to the interactive musical sessions. They are clearly starting to understand and appreciate the therapeutic nature of music and as we build on these achievements with them, it will in turn have a very positive effect on those they care for. For example, some carers are now adopting techniques used by the musicians in their work with residents, which shows how the sessions give added value to the staff members’ own continuing professional development.
“The music encouraged staff to talk to participants afterwards and keep stimulating them with discussions about their favourite songs and memories.”
Our training courses for carers who work in the residential homes visited by Lost Chord, are now proving very effective in highlighting the value of musical intervention. Some care workers who were indifferent and non-committal originally, are now showing definite signs of approval and support.