Using streaming and downloading platforms is among the training offered to health and care staff to help those with dementia.
A dementia charity has launched a training programme to support care and health staff to create MP3 playlists to help people living with the condition.
The charity Playlist for Life has launched the training to ensure that healthcare professionals are able to create personalised playlists for those with dementia, as research has shown they can spark memories.
Using music in this way can also help patient’s emotions, alleviate stress and manage symptoms as well as reconnect with family members and care and health staff.
The package of training is aimed at care home staff, healthcare professionals, NHS departments and those working in community centres.
Those attending gain an understanding of the benefits of playlists and how to use playlist software and MP3s to integrate them into personalised care programmes.
Downloading and streaming
This includes looking into internet streaming and downloading platforms.
“We’re really passionate about integrating playlists into dementia care by adopting a ‘whole-home approach’,” said Sarah Metcalfe, Chief Executive of Playlist for Life.
“This means that everyone in an organisation caring for people with dementia has a role to play in implementing playlists: from senior management and carers to the receptionist and kitchen staff.
“If someone living with dementia is continually sending back their food, a member of catering staff could recognise this and suggest scheduling of therapeutic playlist activity before mealtimes.
“We’ve learnt from experience that the more people who are involved in the project, the more music will become a standard part of the daily life for the people we’re caring for, and the greater impact it will have.”
Among playlist trainers is Heather Perkins, Dementia Support Advisor at Avery Healthcare.
She said the training in creating and using playlists has “helped us to make a positive difference to each resident’s quality of life”.