Fort William care home to train more staff in music therapy

Moss Park Care Home in Fort William has teamed up with Music as Therapy International to train more staff in music therapy to support residential patients with dementia.

It follows research which has proven that music therapy can reduce symptoms of dementia such as anxiety, depression, isolation and sociability.

Care Home Manager Eilidh Kerr said: “The music sessions we run at Moss Park have been invaluable.

“I want to train more staff in this valuable approach so that our residents receive the best quality of care possible. It gives them the ability to be seen and heard when words are not always possible.”

Music therapist Clare Reynolds will train staff in the necessary skills and help to support staff who were already trained in 2016.

Clare said: “I’m so pleased to be working with the Moss Park team again; this is a great group of people who are incredibly dedicated to the people they care for.

“I am so impressed at their musical journey over the past four years and their independent music practice.”  

Music as Therapy Director Alexia Quin said: “At a time when social care is heavily under-resourced, any care home or manager that promotes innovative ways to improve quality of care, and quality of life, should be championed.

“We are incredibly proud to be working with Moss Park once more to strengthen their musical offer.”

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