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Hallmark Care Homes supports Musica Music Just One Hour campaign

14 December 2020

Hallmark Care Homes supports Musica Music Just One Hour campaign

Hallmark Care Homes is delighted to be supporting the Just One Hour campaign from Musica Music and Wellbeing, a community interest company which provides online support, training and meaningful music activities for healthcare providers and family caregivers.

The campaign which launches on Monday 14th December, asks every caregiver in the UK to sign up to the #JustOneHour pledge which aims to spark a cultural change in dementia care through music.

To support this initiative, Hallmark Care Homes and other care operators across the UK have signed up and received a pack, filled with ideas and tools to help caregivers provide at least one hour of meaningful music a week for residents, with a focus on residents living with dementia.

The helpful pack features information on why music is beneficial in dementia care, how to use music in individual care, as well as all the tools required to deliver meaningful music in short 10-minute bursts.

Chief Executive and Founder of Musica, Rosie Mead, who is a PhD candidate researching music in dementia care, said: “Just One Hour was inspired by research which suggests that the average person living with dementia in care homes receives only two minutes of social interaction per week. We are seeking to change this and increase that social interaction to at least one hour per week by enabling carers to embed music into the daily care of people living with dementia.”

Rosie added: “The benefits of music in dementia care are significant – the use of familiar music delivered in a responsive way can help to reduce agitation, anxiety and improve wellbeing, social interaction and quality of life. This isn’t magic, it’s science. We have realised the importance of being in the moment with people living with dementia and have fully embraced a responsive care model, and this campaign will empower carers all across the UK to do the same.”

Head of Relationship Centred Care April Dobson said: “At Hallmark Care Homes we’ve seen from our own experiences how music has the power to create connections and build relationships – particularly for people living with dementia. Our teams recognise the value of using music as part of everyday care, not just as one-off sessions or events, and the learning we’re taking part in with Musica is helping to embed that practice in all Hallmark Care Homes. Our aim is that every person’s care plan should include a way to use music therapeutically in a way that is meaningful for that person.

“Our partnership with Musica will help us achieve this aim and ensure that our focus remains always on every single individual. Music enriches people’s lives in so many ways by bringing joy, fun, and opportunities for a shared experience, which is why we’re so proud to support the ‘Just One Hour’ campaign. On an organisational level, the partnership supports the many of the outcomes within our dementia strategy, and our vision of relationship centred care.”

Why not share with us your meaningful song on our socials by tagging us and using the hashtag #JustOneHour as we’d love to hear from you!

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