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       The benefits of music and singing for people living with dementia are truly remarkable...
Sanctuary Care ‐
a care home near you:
We take great pride in the quality and professionalism of our service and invite you to contact or visit us any me to talk to our team and residents about life in our Oxfordshire homes.
Iffley Residential
and Nursing Home
Iffley is set in a tranquil rural loca on only a short drive from the historic city centre surrounded by woodlands and landscaped gardens.
Address: Anne Greenwood Close, Iffley OX4 4DN
Telephone: 01865 718402
Yarnton Residential
and Nursing Home
Yarnton is a beau ful home located in the pre y rural village of Yarnton, close to the historic town of Woodstock.
Address: Ru en Lane, Yarnton OX5 1LW Telephone: 01865 849195
Wantage Nursing Home
Nestled behind Wantage Community Hospital, Wantage is located in the heart of the market town in the Vale of White Horse, near to shops, restaurants, theatre and other a rac ons.
Address: Garston Lane, Wantage OX12 7AR Telephone: 01235 774320
Watlington and
District Nursing Home Watlington is a picturesque home with a bright and airy orangery overlooking the home’s sensory gardens and views of the Chiltern Hills.
Address: Hill Road, Watlington OX49 5AE Telephone: 01491 613400
To find your nearest home you can call us or visit our website below.
Tel: 0800 916 1499 www.sanctuary­
At Sanctuary Care’s Iffley Residen al and Nursing Home in Oxfordshire, the home has started its own choir. Made up of residents, staff and loved ones, the impact it has had on residents living with demen a has been amazing.
The benefits of projects like this are backed up by leading demen a charity Alzheimer’s Society, which has over 300 Singing for the Brain groups across the country.
The charity’s Director of Opera ons, Kathryn Smith said: “Many people with demen a are s ll able to enjoy music and to sing even when they are star ng to lose their language abili es, which is something that has been highlighted by the wonderful choral project at Sanctuary Care’s Iffley home.
“It is so inspiring to hear about stories like this. We know that singing can help people with demen a communicate, improve their mood, and leave them feeling good about themselves. Singing for the Brain groups can provide a way for people with demen a, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and mutually suppor ve environment.”
“Music is a great therapy. When we talk to mum about the choir her eyes light up, even if she can’t remember what she sang,” Fiona Evans, daughter of Barbara Goodwin who has been living with Alzheimer’s at Sanctuary Care’s Iffley Residen al and Nursing Home in Oxfordshire since 2004.
From a very early age Barbara always loved music and sang in the church choir as a li le girl. Fiona says: “Music gives her enormous pleasure, when she was listening to music she was just in her element.”
Inspired by the overwhelming benefits that
residents, last year Iffley’s manager Sue Stubberfield started a choir in the home. Led by her ac vi es leader Rachel Bearn, who herself has a background in musical theatre.
Rachel says: “Music unlocks parts of the brain that may have been lost. We have seen an amazing difference in our residents living with demen a. Residents who are less able to communicate verbally because of their demen a are suddenly singing whole songs and remembering all the words. We have some residents who find it hard to speak but when I start to sing their eyes light up. It is so special for their loved ones who have no ced a big difference and it makes them so happy to see their mother or father joining in.”
It is clear how much Barbara loves the choir and how wonderful it is for her well­being. As Rachel hands out song sheets she sits excitedly awai ng the music. Her expression when she sings is truly heart­warming. Her face is filled with joy as she sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow with what can only be described as sheer gusto. Her body language is as equally as expressive as she holds her hands up into the air as if to help her hit the high notes.
Fiona says: “Mum enjoys the choir so much it is a great part of her week, which makes her feel very happy. Music is a great part of the care for people living with demen a. It can s r forgo en memories which may have been lost some  me ago. Some of the songs remind her of her school days in Penzance, Cornwall.”
Sister Joanna Barrington adds: “For people with demen a music takes them away from what is going on in their mind. It is like a medita on for them as it captures them completely. It marks a point in their history and they remember where they were and who they were with at that  me. It is amazing how music does that.”
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