11th March 2016 – Time for a cuppa? – music to my ears
Staff and patients raised almost £200 with their musical Time for a Cuppa event at Airedale Hospital to support Dementia UK.
It was hosted by the occupational therapy and physiotherapy teams and their aim was also to make visitors aware of the benefits of music therapy.
The event was themed around the 1940’s era, with music and reminiscence materials to help tap into the long-term memories of older people and prompt discussion amongst staff. There were also cakes and refreshments for sale to help fund Admiral specialist nurses who support people with dementia live in their own homes.
Sara Robinson, senior nurse at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The morning was fantastic, we had such a great response from staff who loved how we had decorated the room and everyone enjoyed using the reminiscence cards.
“Our guests commented about how the music made them feel relaxed and took them back to their younger days.”
Jo Ogden, physiotherapy assistant at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, who helps look after frail and elderly patients, said: “Music helps to lift someone’s mood, stimulates emotions and reactions and so is an ideal tool to help us engage with patient and care for them, especially if they have dementia. It is used in lots of care homes.” A Time for a Cuppa event is national campaign to help families living with dementia.