Songbirds at Southlands Place

At Southlands Place nursing home in Bexhill-on-Sea, we hold weekly ‘Songbird Sessions’ which are run by our Activities Team, Kerry, Leon and Armando and outside volunteers Cliff, Stevie and Ethna from the ‘Dementia Support East Sussex’.

This week it was run by Stevie, Kerry and Leon.

It runs between 10:30-12:30 every Saturday and we often have outside guests, as well as residents from other care homes, come and join us. It’s a great opportunity for our residents and team to come together with familiar faces, meet new friends and have a grand old time, in a friendly and sociable way.

This event is run for our residents, families and guests who are living with dementia. However all of our residents are welcome to join in and we find that many of our ground floor ‘residential’s’ come along too. The more the merrier we say!

We play familiar music and memorable tunes that we can move along to, which enables everyone to enjoy the music and have fun whilst also having gentle exercise at the same time.

It’s a really great way to deliver fun chair based exercise with a difference here at our home and for those who love to dance, they get the chance to show off their moves. In fact, we can’t them off the dance floor!

Songs range from ‘Que Sera Sera’, ‘White Cliffs of Dover’, as well as popular songs from the musicals Oliver and The Sound of Music, to YMCA and ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’.

Everyone is provided with lyric sheets and often objects to hold and wave around, so these sessions can be very visual and tactile too, creating something for everyone. Yesterday, it was Pompoms.

These sessions are rhythmic, fun, stimulating and really do involve everyone – even if it’s just singing along. Our residents and guests are genuinely engaged and having fun and everyone enters the spirit of the songs. This is one activity that we really see the benefits of, as we look around the room and see our residents and guests smiling and laughing and this mood carrys on throughout the day. It lifts up spirits and our home rings out with the sound of music which we love.

Many of our residents make sure they never miss a session.

One of our residents said:

“She really looks forward to coming as it fun and keeps her active.”

While a guest has commented:

“It’s a great vibe and atmosphere and you can carry on singing afterwards too!”

Roll on next Saturday. We can’t wait…

At Southlands Place we provide the highest standards of residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 71 elderly people.

Come back to our news area for more stories and updates on our regular events and activities we hold here at our home.

If you would like to find out more about our events and/ or life at Southlands Place, please contact us on 0808 202 3303 or

About Dementia Support East Sussex

Dementia Support East Sussex is a ‘not for profit’, free membership, voluntary initiative, aiming to address the gaps in the existing provision of care for those touched by dementia, and respite for their carers.

We provide relaxed, safe, dementia-centred activities, in a social setting, with group singing, stimulating activities, reminisce and friendship-building at its core. Find out more about DSES here.

Southlands Place

Home Manager

Heather Nwansi

0808 202 3303
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