Music for dementia to be piloted in Aboyne

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A drive to introduce personalised music to the lives of residents with dementia is to be piloted in an Aboyne care home.

Balhousie Care Group is working in Partnership with Playlist for Life, a charity founded by Sally Magnusson, to deliver the music-based initiative which encourages families, and care providers, to compile a thoughtful and personal-centred playlist for residents living with dementia.

The initiative will be piloted in nine Balhousie care homes across Scotland, including Alastrean in Aboyne and the organisation’s home in Huntly.

Employees attended Playlist for Life training last Thursday, January 22. This was the first training of its kind within the Balhousie Care Group.

Over the coming weeks, employees who attended the training will be working closely with identified residents and their family to implement the training.

The emotive approach of the training captures the very essence of what the charity stands for – Connecting People.

Studies have shown that personalised music can impact the mood, behaviour and ability of residents with dementia. This then enables them to communicate with loved ones in ways which may previously have been lost due to their symptoms.

Deborah Clark, senior carer at Balhousie North Grove ,said: “The best part of the day was learning how much of a positive impact Playlist for Life has, and can have on resident’s lives. The smiles; the change of mood and the possibilities this could bring for each individual is endless, it’s an exciting opportunity to really make a difference to them and their family. I can’t wait to get started.”

Owner of Balhousie Care Group, Tony Banks, said: “The Partnership with Playlist for Life delivers everything we believe in at Balhousie Care: passion, innovation, and quality.

“I truly believe that together we can enhance the lives of each and every resident in our care.

“We are committed to developing the initiative and I’m excited to witness first-hand the benefits this will bring for residents. ’