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Music in Hospitals

Music in Hospitals provides therapeutic music concerts for people of all ages with an illness or a disability in health care. Our concerts are all about participation, communication and connection, and are tailored to meet the needs of our beneficiaries. Our professional musicians are carefully selected for their musical virtuosity as well as their skills ay engaging people, including those that may struggle to communicate. Our concerts increase well-being and reduce feelings of anxiety and isolation, enabling our beneficiaries to feel more valued and connected, as well as offering respite from their health issues.

3 August 2015
North East
Arts, Care, Health, Voluntary Sector, Recreation
Local Alliances:
North East Dementia Alliance, Jesmond 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?

Music in Hospitals has many years of experience and expertise in delivering ‘reminiscence concerts’ for elderly people, including those with dementia, in care homes across the UK.  With increasing numbers of people living independently with dementia within communities, we also provide outreach concerts in accessible community venues for groups of elderly people, including those with dementia. Our outreach concerts benefit those living at home with an illness or disability, and are therefore at high risk of becoming socially isolated.  Family members and carers are also welcome at our concerts, and we know that they also benefit.  Our aim is to provide regular reminiscence concerts in accessible community venues to benefit people living independently with dementia, by providing a warm, friendly, welcoming and fun music event that focuses on encouraging participants to join in through clapping, singing along, dancing and reminiscing. Connections and friendships are often formed at our concerts, and we know that family and carers benefit from positive experiences with their loved ones. We believe that our outreach concerts can make a real difference to people living independently with dementia, their family and carers, and the wider community by providing events that enable people with dementia to connect with other people and to express themselves, as well as facilitating a deeper understanding of their needs by family members, carers and the wider community.     

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The people we want to reach through our outreach concerts are in many ways hard to reach, and so we will need to promote our concerts appropriately, and work closely with partners to ensure that those most at risk of isolation are included. We will aim to provide the concerts to groups that are already formed such as tea clubs, dementia-friendly cafes etc where possible, adding value to existing services that are known and trusted, but also ensuring that we are reaching  those most at risk of isolation.             

2. Actions

  • Provide regular outreach reminiscence concerts

    We will provide reminiscence concerts in dementia-friendly cafes, tea clubs etc that encourage people with dementia to communicate, connect and recollect. Family, friends, carers and the wider community are also welcomed.  

  • Work with relevant organisations to ensure the concerts are properly promoted and reaching those most at risk of isolation

    We will work with a wide range of local partners to achieve this and we will build on existing services such as tea clubs, dementia-friendly cafes, and other dementia-friendly services.

  • Evaluation

    We will gather and collate feedback, and assess the impact of our concerts within this particular context to deepen our understanding of how our concerts in the community can help people living independently with dementia.

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