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The Power of Music with Playlist for Life

We are delighted that Derby Heights, Acacia Lodge, Bourn View, Birchmere Mews and Astbury Manor have joined a number of other Avery care homes who have achieved Playlist for Life accreditation. Playlist for Life is a central element of Avery’s Reconnect™ strategy which supports the delivery of excellent person-centred dementia care. It is well known that for many residents with dementia, music plays a meaningful role in supporting well-being. Playlist for life supports residents, families and our staff to come together in positive ways through the use of personalised music, drawing on songs and tunes that have special significance.

Following weeks of hard work by the teams, each home attended a virtual showcasing celebration via Microsoft teams hosted by Heather Perkins, Avery’s Dementia Support Advisor. During each event, staff presented their work and shared how they have used Playlist for Life to make a difference to the daily lives of residents with dementia.

Explaining how Playlist for Life fits with ReConnect™, Heather commented, “Rather than it being a separate project, our aim is for Playlist for life to become part of the day to day experiences of a resident with dementia. It enhances the way we support residents with dementia and is proven to ease levels of anxiety and distress without the need for medication.”

Michelle Armstrong, Interim Executive Director at Playlist for Life, said, “We would like to congratulate the team at Avery Healthcare for their recent Playlist for Life accreditation across, which is a wonderful achievement. Becoming a certified Playlist for Life establishment shows a high level of commitment to improving the well-being of residents living with dementia through the power of personal playlists.”

Congratulations to all homes accredited!