Social Workers’ guides published

December 3, 2020

Music for dementia has joined forces with the Office of the Chief Social Worker for Adults, DHSC to co-produce two guides for Social Workers.

  • The full-length guide covers the benefits of a musical approach for people living with dementia and how to include it in strengths-based assessments, including the role of link workers, family and friends in making this happen. View the full guide.
  • The one-page short guide is a colourful summary of the information, intended as a quick reference resource. Both guides are supported by the Dementia Choices Action Alliance (DCAN) and NHS England. View the summary guide.

The full guide includes how the music aligns with the ‘the wellbeing principle’ in The Care Act. The information is brought to life with case studies of how music has helped individuals and couples to enhance their quality of life in a variety of ways. It also includes a useful template of questions to ask during an assessment.

Some of the many benefits of music included in the full guide are: Enabling people living with dementia to be ‘seen as the person they are’ beyond their condition;  Engaging people positively across the spectrum of severity from diagnosis to end of life care; Alleviating symptoms associated with dementia such as agitation, apathy and anxiety;  Re-energising people living with dementia as they experience and enjoy music from their past.

Grace Meadows, Programme Director of Music for Dementia said: “Music is the most wonderful enabler and we are delighted to have worked closely with the Office of the Chief Social Worker on these guides. They will give social workers the knowledge and tools to make music happen for people living with dementia who have a social care need.

“Having spoken with social workers at several events recently, I know there is a great deal of interest in the power of music and how it can be used as part of social care plans to enhance and enrich quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.”