Astonishing Results with Silent Disco
Coast Care Homes recently teamed up with the UK’s original silent disco suppliers, Silent Discos 4U to hire music equipment for their residents – with astonishing results. Residents were treated to a wide variety of music, including audio newspapers and poetry. The silent disco was particularly beneficial to those who are hard of hearing, allowing them a sense of escapism and entertainment in their own world.
The success of the activity led to the care homes’ staff extending the use of the equipment to mealtimes; they found the silent disco was particularly beneficial for those who usually struggle to eat as a result of their dementia, leaving them relaxed and calm to enjoy their food. In fact the hire trial was such a success that the Care Homes Group have decided to invest in purchasing their own silent disco equipment for residents across all three homes to regularly enjoy.
Activities Co-ordinator Poppy Bellchambers says she got the idea after using a good quality speaker for carol singing over Christmas. “I noticed a different level of engagement in residents who had hearing impairments,” she says. This got her thinking about using headphones for residents who have quite severe hearing impairment and remain largely in their bedrooms. “Their enjoyment and animation when music was played through the headphones was wonderful to see,” says Poppy. “I wanted to be able to reach more residents simultaneously and the Silent Disco was the perfect equipment to facilitate that.”
Apparently, there was an immediate joyous response when the silent disco headset was fitted. “Residents were cheerful and animated, singing out loud and dancing either in their chair or up on their feet,” says Poppy. “Residents were relaxed and happy, ate better and anxiety levels were lowered. For all residents to be able to hear music, spoken word or radio at their preferred level really united them and created a happy and relaxed home.”
Lynda and Kevin Dewhurst, the owners of Coast Care Homes explained that they aim to make day-to-day life in their homes as fulfilling as possible for every individual resident. “Our core belief is to promote choice and independence within a loving and stimulating environment. The silent disco has proved great fun and is just one example of how our fantastic care team are always looking for new and innovative ways of providing entertainment and stimulation for our much-loved residents.”
• Coast Care Homes runs four residential care homes in Bexhill and St Leonards. For more information visit www.coastcarehomes.co.uk
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