Radio request shows specially produced for residents of five care homes have begun under a partnership between Colten Care and New Forest Hospital Radio.
The bespoke programmes by volunteer DJs feature musical dedications for residents at Linden House, Belmore Lodge and Court Lodge in Lymington, Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst and Kingfishers in New Milton.
Each home will have its own one-hour show every month, available as a podcast on the station website.
Using flash drives, team members at the homes will download the shows onto portable, rechargeable stereo sets designed for ease of use by older people.
Residents will be able to listen in their bedrooms or the homes’ lounges.
Mandy Stevens, Activities Organiser at Linden House, a dementia care home, said the shows are an ideal way for relatives and friends to suggest dedications for their loved ones’ birthdays and anniversaries.
Mandy added: “Music is a very big part of our residents’ lives. Remembering songs and tunes you knew well when you were younger touches heart and mind. That goes for all kinds of music from traditional classical pieces to wartime songs, jazz, folk and pop. We already enjoy many sing-songs and welcome live performers to our entertainments room which is equipped with a baby grand piano. Having individual dedications on a specially produced monthly show just for our home is another great way we can champion person-centred care.”
New Forest Hospital Radio is based at Lymington Hospital where the first broadcast took place in 1978.
Michael Robinson, President of the station and one of the presenters, recalled a landline broadcast the following year to the former local authority home called Linden House. It was later demolished with the site now occupied by Colten Care’s purpose-built home of the same name.
Michael said: “It’s lovely to be reconnecting with Linden House albeit in a different guise and of course entertaining the other homes too. We receive wonderful feedback on our shows and we’re thrilled to be reaching more music lovers around the area.”
For more information on New Forest Hospital Radio, including volunteering opportunities, visit http://www.nfhradio.org.uk/