Launched in May 2015, A Choir in Every Care Home explores how music and singing can feature regularly in care homes across the UK.
A Choir in Every Care Home hopes to improve the quality of life for people in care homes, and help create happy environments for carers, family and care home staff. This is urgently needed as 70% of the growing numbers of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems (according to the Alzheimer’s Society).
There is now hard evidence to show that music participation can help those living with dementia to engage and remember; and more generally, to alleviate the effects of breathing diseases; reduce stress and anxiety; and build relationships between residents, carers and staff. A Choir in Every Care Home hopes to find the best ways to bring these benefits to older people, and support care homes to take part, on an ambitious scale.
The project relaunched on 20 September 2017 with presentations at the Best Practice in the Care Home Sector conference in Birmingham and the Kindness Can: A Positive Future for Loneliness conference in London.