A one-woman musical comedy act has been entertaining and engaging those with dementia at one of Gwalia Care and Support’s nursing homes in Carmarthenshire.
The Frantic Theatre’s New Time Music Hall took residents at Gwalia Mynydd Mawr, run by Gwalia Care and Support, part of the Pobl Group, on a trip down memory lane. The one-woman act focused on musical genres from eras that the residents at the nursing home could identify with.
Registered manager Fran Thomas said that staff and residents enjoyed the fun-filled event.
She said: “It was quite frantic but residents were clearly enjoying themselves. So many of our residents remembered the music and were singing along, dancing in their chairs and generally having a good time.”
Gwalia Mynydd Mawr provides dementia care tailored to the individual needs of the resident. The home is well-known for embracing new techniques to engage the senses of residents and ensure they live their lives to the fullest.
Fran added: “There is life after a dementia diagnosis. Our activities and events all focus on enhancing the lives of those that we work with to help with communication skills, cognitive abilities and generally providing a good quality of life. At Gwalia Mynydd Mawr every resident is a valued individual and collectively we have a responsibility to make sure they are always listened to, respected, understood and supported. Research suggests that dementia can affect us all, directly or indirectly, and it is important that we continue to raise awareness and understanding how it affects those with dementia and those who care for them.”