The team at Sunset Ridge, in Emu Park near Rockhampton have been awarded a grant by the Livingstone Shire Council which will be used towards series of music therapy workshops for the benefit of their residents.
Residential Manager, Roberta Vaughan said the music therapy program will use workshop presenters who can inspire and engage with residents in a meaningful way.
“The workshops have been broken down into three categories and will include 23 different sessions targeted at residents with different needs and capabilities in based on the area of the site where they are,” she said.
“For the majority of our residents Nicki and Carl Leah from MotherLove will present three sessions that will culminate in a Christmas concert where the residents will have the opportunity to perform in giving them self confidence and a sense of achievement.
“Next up Dawn Armstrong will present a six month karaoke program with emphasis on resident participation – the goal of this is again building confidence and social interactions.
“Finally Deb Dekovic will be presenting Interactive Music Therapy sessions that caters to residents with dementia who need a more hands on approach with visual and audio stimulation.”
Lifestyle Team members Cate Everton, Sue Symmons and Helen Day were instrumental in collaborating the information and putting the grant together.
“Music therapy will allow our residents to experience a sense of participation and fun as it is our goal to involve as many people as possible,” said Cate.
Music therapy is a process where music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual are used to help clients improve their physical and mental health and has been incredibly successful when used in aged care.
“We envisage that our residents will gain confidence, self-esteem, creativity, self-worth and a sense of achievement in a group atmosphere,” Sue said.