We are excited to announce that Penrose Court Care Home has formed its own choir. We have had a lovely volunteer visit from a local choir that is practicing a selection of songs with residents each week.
It's going really well, so well in fact that we plan on organising a performance for our family and friends. Watch this space!
By forming a choir with residents this provides many benefits to individuals involved and the overall atmosphere in the home is just fantastic. Music has a unique way of connecting people and evoking emotions, and when combined with the collective experience of singing in a choir, it can have a profound impact on the well-being of the residents.
Singing in a choir can be a powerful outlet for self-expression and emotional release for all residents including those with Dementia and nursing needs. It allows residents to connect with their feelings and memories, and the act of singing together fosters a sense of belonging and community. Learning new songs, following musical cues, and harmonising with others help residents to use the cognitive side of their brains for improved mental health.
Music is known to have therapeutic effects on individuals, particularly those with dementia so it's a wonderful experience for our dementia residents, as singing familiar songs can evoke memories, stimulate cognitive function, and enhance emotional well-being. The choir environment provides a safe and supportive space for residents to express themselves as many residents feel in their element which is fantastic to see.
Taking part in the choir provides residents with a sense of achievement and purpose. Learning new songs, improving vocal skills, and performing in front of an audience can boost self-esteem and confidence.
So far it's been a big hit with residents and we look forward to putting on a fantastic choir performance for family and friends very soon!