We are a music and health social enterprise with a clear objective to harmonise healthcare by embedding music into the dementia care plan journey. Musica is built on the values of creativity, connection and collaboration. Our team have a background of over 25 years working in the healthcare sector as arts facilitators and academics. We pride ourselves on our partner working, and our services have been co-designed with our stakeholders. We are a corporate partner of the Alzheimer’s Society, a member of the National Dementia Action Alliance, and we are supporters of NAPA and Alzheimer’s Research. Musica provides a bespoke programme of musical activities to benefit the health and well-being of older adults, in particular people living with dementia. We deliver one-hour music and reminiscence workshops in care settings across the UK. These workshops stimulate the mind and encourage movement, helping the participants to feel engaged, valued and stimulated.
- 10 December 2019
- South West
- Local Alliances:
- South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Musica provides person centered music workshops in care settings, delivering sessions that are tailored to suit the needs of the group, particularly for participants living with dementia. We ensure that people living with dementia feel supported in our groups and that their carers are invited to take an active part in the sessions.
We have a team of Area Managers who deliver Musica workshops across the country, enabling people with dementia and their carers to take part in activities they may not have experienced before. All of our Area Managers have received dementia awareness training and are either Dementia Friends or Dementia Champions.
We work closely with care staff to understand more about the participant’s needs and to ensure that their responses to the music (memories associated, preferences etc) are communicated back to the staff to enhance the person centered care.
We are an active member of a variety of arts and health/care sector networks and through this we aim to share our experiences of delivering arts activities for people living with dementia, and to highlight our commitment to the National Dementia Declaration.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
It can be difficult for care settings to fund the sessions; there needs to be more funds available for the provision of activities as there is a growing body of research that shows the benefits of participating in activities such as this for people living with dementia.
It can often be difficult for people living with dementia to access services in their area. There needs to be a system whereby community health teams can signpost people with dementia to activities in their area which may be beneficial.
Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Music Intervention
Musica is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of musical activities for people living with dementia in care and community settings.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions for all Area Managers and Facilitators
We will ensure that all of our Area Managers and Facilitators have completed a Dementia Friends information session.
Arts and Health Pathway
Musica aims to work with other organisations to establish a clear arts and health pathway so that people living with dementia can be signposted/referred to suitable activities in their local area
Researching the Benefits of Music for People With Dementia
Musica is committed to researching the benefits of music for people living with dementia. Based on our literature review we will publish a guide for caregivers on how to implement music as part of their normal care routine.