The Importance of Music in a Dementia Specialist Home

Music plays a big part of life at Ferfoot care home in Chippenham and residents and staff are lucky enough to have some wonderful visitors at the home on a regular basis.

Julie Mann is a local entertainer and singer who regularly visits residents at the dementia specialist home in Chippenham. She is able to build a fantastic relationship with residents and ensures they join in with songs whenever they feel the need to or want to. Julie sings a lot of the old favourites which always go down well and is a welcomed visitor at the home. If residents can, they are up and dancing along to her songs, sometimes together, sometimes with staff, sometimes independently!

Residents also regularly take part in music therapy and everyone thoroughly enjoys getting involved. Residents are able to make their own music, which includes making as much noise as they want! Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain. As a dementia specialist home, some memories can be hard for residents to retrieve, but often music is especially easy to recall.

“Music is really important to us at Ferfoot” said Nicki Stone, Home Manager: “Often our residents find it easy to remember old songs and music, particularly when singing, which reaches parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.”

“At Ferfoot, the mental wellbeing and stimulation of our residents is incredibly important to us and we have found that music is a wonderful way to engage all our residents. All of us have memories associated to certain songs and we help our residents unlock these memories by playing music and having a sing along altogether.”

The home is also fortunate enough to have had a gospel choir visit them which has proven a successful way to keep the type of music within the home diverse and varied. The choir encourage residents to get up and dancing, and those who can certainly do, while others dance away while seated.

Professor Paul Robertson, a concert violinist and academic who has made a study of music in dementia care has said: “The auditory system of the brain is the first to fully function at 16 weeks, which means that you are musically receptive long before anything else. So it’s a case of first in, last out when it comes to a dementia-type breakdown of memory.”

Ferfoot care home in Chippenham provides specialist residential and dementia care for up to 52 older people and is considered one of the leading specialist dementia care homes in the county. The dedicated care team work closely with residents and their loved ones to provide the highest quality of specialist dementia care.

If you would like to find out more about life at Ferfoot, our doors are always open. Please contact the home by calling 0808 223 5502 or emailing us by clicking here

Local singer Julie Hunt visits Ferfoot Music therapy at Ferfoot


Home Manager

Maggie Spooner


Old Hardenhuish Lane,
SN14 6HH

0808 223 5502
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