The provision of music therapy in carehomes across the country is changing. It is widely recognised that the intervention of music therapy brings a range of benefits and well-being to the residents, staff and families of the carehome. Music therapy is particularly effective when working with people who have Learning Disabilities, Dementia and Alzheimers. Over the last 3 years, music therapist, Ray Travasso from Suffolk Music Therapy Services has also been providing experiential workshops for the Alzheimers Society in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Stowmarket. To find out more about the workshops please contact Suffolk Music Therapy Services. Suffolk Music Therapy Services is now the leading provider for music therapy for adults in East Anglia. They work in a wide variety of settings, including carehomes, specialist dementia settings, palliative care and adults with learning disabilities.
The music therapist may work in a range of ways. This depends upon the strengths and needs of each individual and group. The aims of music therapy are also decided in liaison with staff at the carehome including the Matron, house manager, activity coordinator and other staff. Recent examples of music therapy work include:
"During the music therapy sessions, John has started to sing. It is so lovely seeing his face light up when he is singing. This brings much joy and hope to his family".