Care home residents in Hatfield have enjoyed tuneful therapy by trying out a number of instruments.
Tambourines, maracas and African drums
Residents at Sanctuary Care’s Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home in Tamblin Way have taken part in a music therapy session, where they got to grips with a string of instruments – including tambourines, maracas, African drums and much more.
Enjoying the power of music – which helps with relaxation and reminiscence, especially for those living with dementia – residents thoroughly enjoyed their time with trained music therapist and opera singer Olivia Barry.
Throughout the session, Olivia and the team supported residents to play, sing and dance, making it an uplifting experience for all.
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Mary Tolladay explained: “Music is such a therapeutic tool and our residents love it – sometimes I find it can bring back memories of when a resident met a loved one, it’s such a powerful tool and something we fully embrace here at Hatfield.”
“…Olivia’s session is the perfect excuse to dance…”
Resident, Kathleen O’Brien, who is 90 years old, said: “I love music and getting up to dance – Olivia’s session is the perfect excuse to dance, I’m always on my feet.”
Mary continued: “Olivia is so talented and we all look forward to her sessions, the residents’ faces always light up.”