A Bupa care home in Glasgow has been praised for its achievements after being nominated for the Best Innovation in Continuing Care category in the Scottish Dementia Awards.
Golfhill Care Home’s ‘Remi Sing’ initiative – a group sing-along activity aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia – has proved to be a huge success among residents and carers who enjoy the opportunity to get together and sing.
The Dennistoun-based care home’s Remi Sing was inspired by the Home Manager Susan MacDonald who has spent many years working with people with dementia.
The idea is loosely based on an initiative called Alzheimer’s Singing for the Brain which found that people with dementia, no matter how advanced the disease, were still able to recall music and lyrics from their youth.
Susan said: “Golfhill’s Remi Sing is a ground breaking initiative in Scotland and has grown to involve more than 200 people – staff and residents living in Glasgow care homes and the surrounding area – with the aim of forming friendships and just having some fun.
“Many residents can feel isolated when they first enter a care home. It is the job of the staff to make sure that everybody is welcome and Remi Sing does just that.”
The afternoon begins with more upbeat songs by Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to raise the spirits of the residents; it then winds down to a spectacular finale where staff and residents sing traditional Scottish songs like ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
Susan added: “We always receive positive feedback from the residents, their families and the staff at the home, all of whom really enjoy the afternoon out and are keen to go again.
“The most moving part of the afternoon is always when the piper arrives. He walks around the room whilst playing traditional Scottish songs the effect is very powerful. It always gives the residents and the staff goosebumps.
“Best thing about the nomination in the Scottish Dementia Awards is that it raises awareness of what we are trying to achieve when we organise these afternoons, so we are looking forward to seeing the Remi Sing initiative continue to grow.”
The next Remi Sing Event to take place in October will be harvest themed, followed a Christmas Jumper Remi Sing event in December.
Scotland’s Dementia Awards demonstrates the best in Scottish dementia care in terms of creativity, dedication and innovation.
Susan and the team at Golfhill are delighted with the nomination and will be attending Scotland’s Dementia Awards Ceremony that will take place in Glasgow on 24 September 2015, at The Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.