Heartlands Nursing & Care Home welcomed Moo Music to join them for a fun and interactive music group for pre-school children. Moo Music aims to help children gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting way. Residents at Heartlands participated fully in the group and sang along with the songs, joined in with the actions and played instruments.
The session was a great opportunity for residents to meet the youngsters and many made a few new friends. Run by Cath who describes herself as not at all musical but an ‘enthusiastic parent’, she explained;
“I took my daughter to a Moo Music session and we loved it so much that I decided to open my own franchise” she added “not all of our sessions are held in care homes, but I felt this was a great opportunity for children, who would not otherwise encounter people of this generation, to interact with older people and especially those with dementia.”
The children who ranged in age from a few weeks to four years old enjoyed handing out the musical instruments to the residents and were keen to ensure everyone joined in. The session was a great opportunity for residents who are unable to get out and about to continue to feel connected to their community.
The parachute, bubbles and balloons went down particularly well with all age groups,
“This is wonderful” commented one resident as he laughed along with the children.
Home Manager Donna Baker said “The benefits of intergenerational care are becoming well understood now. We can see how much joy the sessions bring for our residents, so we are planning to make them a regular event at Heartlands”.