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Group helps entertain care home residents

Group helps entertain care home residents
1st May 2008

A troop of entertainers is hoping to brighten the days of care home residents this summer.

The Collingbourne Ducis-based Moondance organisation, which is sponsored by Barchester Healthcare and Sarsen Housing, will provide a direct mobile cinema into care homes within the Barchester Group, reports This is Hampshire.

Speaking to the newspaper, Terri Hills, co-partner in the enterprise, said that Barchester's Memory Lane programme, which is a scheme whereby people with dementia are given specialist care in a homely environment, provides the "ideal" audience for the scheme.

Moondance entertains the care home residents with vintage music and films and also encourages participation, with Ms Hills saying that this is "a vital aspect of social interaction in care homes".

"We try to provide more than entertainment," she concluded.

Recent news from the US has seen music and film therapy trials, which involve dementia patients listening to old music or watching films, prove successful in prompting memories in some patients.

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