Care home en­ter­tain­ers de­lighted at recog­ni­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A MU­SIC ther­apy company has fin­ished sec­ond in a top award for care home en­ter­tain­ment.

Kid­dley­di­vey, based in Cross Lanes Close, Chal­font St Peter, achieved sil­ver in the Care Home Idol com­pe­ti­tion which cel­e­brates all forms of en­ter­tain­ment in more than 200 care homes across the coun­try.

Care Homes UK run the com­pe­ti­tion which is in its sec­ond year and asks en­trants to sub­mit a video of their mu­si­cal per­for­mance be­fore putting the tal­ent to the vote.

Owner of Kid­dley­di­vey Sally Murphy and her team who were de­lighted with the ac­co­lade say her mu­si­cal classes are for the ben­e­fit of de­men­tia suf­fer­ers. She said: “When mu­sic and songs, es­pe­cially cho­sen for their in­her­ent ther­a­peu­tic qual­i­ties, are com­bined with props, greatly fa­cil­i­tate and en­cour­age move­ment, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and mem­ory func­tion, the re­sults are fre­quently, in­cred­i­ble.

“Res­i­dents who do not usu­ally com­mu­ni­cate, can sud­denly start to sing and in­ter­act with oth­ers they can be­come more an­i­mated, and those who are not nor­mally very mo­bile, of­ten de­cide to dance.

“The re­sults are in­stan­ta­neous and can be long stand­ing.”

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