Advice for care home professionals

39% of people living with dementia over 65 are living in care homes* We have known for some time that carefully delivered music offerings can provide significant benefits for people living and working in (them) care settings. We would like to see all care homes in the UK to be offering the full menu of musical offering, everything from playlists to music therapy, as an essential part of the care they provide. (The full menu of musical offerings, is an essential part of the care provided by all UK care homes). This page will give you the information you need to provide regular meaningful music provision for your residents living with dementia; please embrace it!

Some of the key benefits of having music in your care home include:

  • Improving the quality of life for residents, including those living with dementia, and a range of other health issues – in turn, this can help their carers and family feel more positive
  • Staff motivation and morale – care staff involved with music can feel more motivated and enjoyed their work more
  • Happier places for residents and staff – homes that incorporate music and offer musical provision regularly into their care offer are known for being places residents and staff want to be and enjoy being in
  • Meeting Care Quality Commission standards – an effective music programme can address each of the five questions they consider when making their quality assessment of a care home
  • To find out more about how music can impact on a care home’s CQC assessment, please read Live Music Now’s report, Music and the Care Quality Commission, which outlines how music can help care settings meet the five quality questions areas, weaving music into the KLOEs (Key lines of enquiry, prompts and ratings characteristics for adults social care services)

Live Music Now have created a bank of resources to help you bring music into the lives of care home residents. Please explore their Toolkit for Care Homes which outlines:

  1. What the benefits of music are for care homes and their residents
  2. What a music session may look like
  3. Practical first steps to get you started.

Training for care workers by music therapists

Music as Therapy International also provide introductory training to staff caring for people living with dementia, through projects delivered in the care setting by music therapists. The charity’s recent research into the sustainability of its own music projects has affirmed just how important investing in your staff’s skills can be.  Its UK Sustainability Review Report , conducted two years on from a series of 2016-17 pilot projects, evidenced the lasting impact for music session participants which continued after a group of care settings received introductory training from the them. Click here to find out more about Training for care workers by music therapists.


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What difference does music make to residents?

How do care staff feel about music

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of the Care Quality Commission.
Her views on music in care homes.

Care England – A choir in every care home

Care England A choir in every care home

Useful links