The benefits of singing can be magical, particularly for those living with dementia. It can unlock memories, reduce anxiety and bring people together.
And for the residents of Caton House Residential and Nursing Home, the feeling of joy they experience when they sing brings tears to the eyes of the staff caring for them. Caton House in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, is one of many of Sanctuary Care’s homes which has its own choir – and the residents and staff are bursting with pride at how far they have come.
Loraine Reilly, one of the home’s activities coordinators said singing is wonderful for the wellbeing of the residents. They don’t use song sheets, but they remember all the words! She said: “When they sing together it brings tears to your eyes! They absolutely love it.”
The choir is currently working on a 1940s-themed concert, which has brought such happiness during the global pandemic, inspiring the residents and giving them focus. With everything from Daisy, Daisy to It’s Long Way to Tipperary, each of the 21 songs have been personally chosen by the residents.
One of the singers, Babs said: “I really love being in the choir as it’s a way of bringing us all together and the singing makes me and the other residents happy and lifts our spirits.”
And at the end of summer, they will start rehearsing for Christmas!
For more about life at Caton House and the amazing activities the residents enjoy, please call our Enquiry Support Team on 0800 917 0478.