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Music Therapy

Music therapy is based on the belief that everyone can respond to music. Even people who experience severe or complex physical and mental illnesses can be soothed through music. It can be especially effective in people diagnosed with dementia as it can bring back special memories or help them express themselves.

Throughout our Barchester care homes, staff are trained to understand the potential benefits of music therapy. We offer a number of activities that use music, from dances to playing instruments and watching well-loved films.

Music as therapy at Barchester

Stuart WoodThe programme is headed by Stuart Wood, PhD, a music therapist and key influence in the practice of using music to improve quality of life for people with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, strokes, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. He also lectures around the world and was the first student on the Nordoff Robbins doctoral programme, which was the UK's first specialist music therapy PhD.

Music therapy allows individuals to express themselves and communicate where it may have been difficult to do so before. The results have a profound impact on individuals staying in our care homes, as well as their families.

The main challenge is harnessing the breadth of enthusiasm for musical work across the 17,000 staff at Barchester. It is a huge privilege to work alongside individuals with such belief in the power of music in people’s lives. In a sense this is also the great reward of the work too - when you see it bearing fruit in the lives of the people we support.”  Stuart Wood, PhD, Head Music Therapist.

How can Barchester Healthcare help?

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