Magna residents say Aloha to arts in care

The Magna Care Centre in Wimborne, Dorset, recently hosted their Open Day marking this year’s National Care Home Open Day and its theme of Arts in Care.

Home to 63 elderly residents, The Magna is constructed in a Mediterranean style with a landscape featuring palms and exotic plants which presented itself as the perfect backdrop for the Hawaiian themed event.

The event was supported by a good turn out with lots of friends, family and members of the local community joining for the day. Local group Dual Harmonies performed while guests sang along and danced with members the care team, finishing off with a burger busting BBQ.

Everyone, who wished to, wore flower garlands, and sipped Pina Coladas. We also organised a raffle to fundraise for Caring Canines, with family and friends donating prizes to help, raising a total of £140.

The therapeutic effect of animals on elderly and vulnerable people is well known and residents at The Magna Care Centre benefit hugely from their visiting dog named Poppy who is regularly accompanied by volunteer, Helen, of the Caring Canines Charity.

Whether it’s harmonies, operatic arias or songs from the shows, music is known to soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories. The power of music, especially singing, to unlock memories and kickstart the grey matter is an increasingly key feature of dementia care. It seems to reach parts of the brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.

Claire, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator at The Magna said that all guests which included residents, relatives, colleagues and friends of the home thoroughly enjoyed the event in glorious sunshine out on the patio and in the wonderful grounds. The space offers shade, sun spots and a social space where everyone can get together as a community which lifts spirits almost instantly.

We know it’s possible to live well with dementia, and by helping residents with early onset dementia at The Magna Care Centre the team ensure they also continue to enjoy meaningful, tailored experiences, whilst reducing the anxiety and frustration that their condition can cause.

The Magna team members who deliver dementia care receive Caring Homes’ unique dementia training, ‘Living in My World’ which is accredited by City and Guilds. The training highlights the importance of meaningful activities and a stimulating environment for people living with dementia, as well as addressing clinical aspects of their care. This accredited training programme has also been honoured with the prestigious ‘Princess Royal Training’ Award.

Dementia is rapidly becoming the health and social care challenge of the 21st century. Numbers affected are set to soar because of an expanding older population. The total number of people with dementia in the UK is predicted to be in excess of 1m by 2021. So, while there are no long-term cures, ways of alleviating symptoms are becoming more important and harnessing the arts and all they can offer is proving to make a positive difference to the lives of those living with dementia.

Find out more about Caring Canines

The Magna nursing home in Wimborne is a stunning Care Centre providing residential and specialist nursing care for up to 63 elderly residents.

If you would like to find out more about life at Magna Care Centre, what is happening at the home, events, or to arrange a visit, please contact us on 0808 223 5541 or email

Magna Care Centre

Home Manager

Kayleigh Frulli


Arrowsmith Road,
Canford Magna,
BH21 3BQ

0808 223 5541
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