Supporting the older generation

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


This proposed project aims to enable Key Changes, a registered Music Therapy Charity to work with 2 local Winchester care homes in the provision of Music Therapy to enhance the lives of Dementia sufferers. ,

Why do Key Changes think this will make a difference ?
Key Changes wants to build on recently published research undertaken by Anglia Ruskin University on behalf of MHA (Methodist Homes Association) which suggests that music therapy can significantly improve the well-being of people with dementia in a care home environment. Music therapy provides assistance for residents with dementia, encouraging them to express themselves through music and preserving their ability to communicate for longer. The trial, which took place at homes in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire by Professor Helen Odell-Miller of Anglia Ruskin University suggests that music therapy has a dramatic effect on well-being and lessens the incidence of anxiety and challenging behaviours. According to the results of the trial, residents' well-being scores doubled in three months and were sustained at five months and even beyond therapy. Negative behaviours, such as anxiety, halved in three months and continued to fall beyond therapy.
The lead therapist on the Methodist Homes Association trial, Ming Hung Hsu, said "Residents' mood, alertness and engagement significantly improved, and behaviours such as agitation, depression, anxiety and aggression were reduced."

Adrian Bagg, the Chief Executive of Methodist Care Homes commented.
"Thousands of older people across the UK are losing the ability to communicate due to dementia and if we can slow down that loss, or enable people to preserve their abilities for longer, we can make a real difference to residents and their families."
In addition to the reported benefits for residents, staff working with the residents said that watching videos of music therapy sessions gave them better insight into residents' histories and cognitive functioning, and helped them to improve their communication with them.

Key Changes is keen to bring these benefits to Care homes which are part of the Winchester Community. When considered in the context of the competition criteria - the research points to a dramatic impact to 'wellbeing', which continued beyond therapy and suggests a strong likelihood of success

This project would provide 2 hours of Music Therapy a week over 6 months (25 weeks) to 2 Care homes in Winchester - providing therapy to groups of up to 10 people in each 2 hours session. The cost of this comes to £4911 hence just within the £5000 funding range. The cost is almost entirely to fund a Music Therapist to provide this service.

In terms of the Competition criteria, the evidence from the trial above supports that there would be a short term and substantial impact to the participants wellbeing, with broader benefits to the families and staff who work with them. This would deliver a successful outcome albeit within the context of dementia. While music on its own is not unusual to people with dementia, music therapy enables a higher level of engagement. The Intent would be to commence the project shortly after funding became available, and to utilise the funds over a 6 month period hence well within the December 2017 timeline.

Key Changes Music Therapy

Moment of Pride

The key consideration is that this makes a difference to these people's lives, and their families and friends and indeed the staff who work with them. This project would enhance their wellbeing and bring benefits which would extend beyond the therapy time. We would be proud of this.

Location: Winchester