Advice for care home professionals
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:
- What the benefits of music are for care homes and their residents
- What a music session may look like
- Practical first steps to get you started.
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)
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
Please note, normally, a PRS licence is needed for music to be performed in any public space. However, PPL PRS have stated that ‘you will not require a licence for playing music in a care home.’ Please contact them for further advice.