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Carer’s Story - Music to feed the soul

Carer’s Story - Music to feed the soul

Our professional live-in carer Hellen has been working closely with Mr N to support his sense of wellbeing.

Mr N recently turned 78 and lives with Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately, his condition has now deteriorated to the point that he is now bed bound. Mr N’s condition can also cause him to experience changes to his mood and Hellen is always there to help either calm his mood or lift his spirits. 

Mr N is a very private gentleman and Hellen’s sensitive approach has allowed her to build a trusted bond with him. Hellen uses a variety of activities to help when he is feeling agitated or upset. From speaking to Mr N’s friends, Hellen was able to identify a range of music that Mr N liked to listen to. Mr N’s favourite genre of music is Reggae. 

Hellen noticed that listening to this music made Mr N more relaxed, so now schedules music afternoons into his daily routine. During these sessions Mr N claps along with the beats. 

Due to Mr N’s condition he can be very wary of new carers so to help the carers who cover Hellen’s breaks build trust with Mr N, Hellen shared her knowledge of his love of Reggae music. This collaborative working has had a positive impact on Mr N’s wellbeing and anxiety.

The detailed handovers our carers give to one another ensures that Mr N receives continuity of care, this includes his love of Reggae.

Hellen has also noticed that music can help Mr N when he is unwell. She explains that at times Mr N loses his appetite. Hellen tried playing music during these times and has noticed how it can turn the situation around. 

Having Hellen as a live-in carer enables Mr N to continue to live the best life he can within his own home. The recognition of Mr N as an individual and the small gestures Hellen has been able to make as a live-in carer means Mr N’s quality of life is maintained. Working collaboratively with other carers has also ensured that Mr N’s needs are truly understood and the special touches Hellen provides are not lost when she is away.  

It is widely recognised that playing music can have a great impact on mental wellbeing and the benefits can definitely be seen by Hellen with Mr N.

If you are currently looking for ‘Outstanding’ live-in care please contact The Good Care Group, because we understand #Theresnowherebetterthanhome

 

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