Evaluation Reports collated by Arts & Health South West can be accessed here. They are organised by date. You can also search using Key Words.

Live Music in Care Homes Report 2018

A report resulting from a survey of the many creative ways that older people engage with music, and explored why the majority of care homes do not regularly offer this opportunity. They found a wealth of evidence supporting the use of music for older people, particularly for those living with dementia.

However, they also found there was limited evidence available about how music programmes can impact on a whole care home.

So, from June 2017 to August 2018, Live Music Now and the University of Winchester worked in partnership with MHA(Methodist Homes) and The Orders of St John Care Trust to investigate the impact of music on residents, staff and the general care home environment. This has led to the report “LIVE MUSIC IN CARE” – which was published during the week of 12 November 2018 at the National Care Forum and Care England conferences.

They found compelling evidence that music could be embedded within care homes, led by care staff, leading to tremendously positive results for older residents and care teams. As a result, we have made several Recommendations, including the following:

“Carefully delivered music can provide significant benefits for older people, care staff and care settings, contributing to person-centred care. We recommend that regular participatory music programmes be considered essential for all UK care homes.”

See below for download links.

External Link

Read the short and long reports.

There is a short 4-page version of the report, and a full academic report, both of which can be downloaded via the 'Choir in Every Care Home' website. Click the button to be redirected and scroll to the bottom of the page that opens, to get the reports.


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