‘The service he provides is of the highest quality. His input has enhanced the lives of our service users and they all very much look forward to Steve’s sessions. With Steve’s contribution the service users have developed a real appreciation for music as well as developing very individual tastes.’
Gwyn Morrison, Senior Manager, Sense Scotland, Finglassie
Everyone can share in music…
…whether fully able, or needing extra support and age isn’t a barrier either. As we get older, musicality and the sense of rhythm are among the last functions to decline, so people of an advanced age in care – even with dementia – can still benefit from taking part. Staff are often surprised by the level of ability people still retain if given the opportunity to express themselves. Unity Music offer both drum circles and interactive performances. Go to Health & Wellbeing to see other benefits for older people. Click on the blue links for more information. Apart from having lots of fun, they’re also sociable occasions that encourage more confidence and engagement. Each person takes part on their own terms – some may prefer to be present without using an instrument and this is fine too as they’ll still be involved through active listening. Without the pressure to ‘perform’, people are then free to choose if and when to engage through playing, and while the session is underway, each participant is given individual attention throughout the process showing that whatever they can contribute is valued. Sessions are carried out in hospitals, care homes, day centres and wards, and in the community, for support organisations and at conferences. Participants may also improve:
listening skills & communication
motor ability & spatial awareness
understanding of cause and effect
Please note: if you’re an establishment where people are normally given support, at least one member of staff needs to be in attendance while the session is underway so this can still be carried out, if needed. Staff are then also able to suggest particular instruments and preferences individuals may have.