‘When we have music entertainers, that always gets everyone going, and music is something everyone enjoys’
Since in-house musical entertainment has returned to West Lake Terrace, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) David Forsyth says residents have enjoyed getting back into the groove.
Music-based activities, he says, are programs everyone at the Prince Edward County long-term care home enjoys.
“When we have music entertainers, that always gets everyone going, and music is something everyone enjoys,” David tells The OMNIway.
With pandemic protocols relaxing, in-house entertainment has returned to West Lake Terrace this year and residents have been flocking to the performances the home hosts.
In fact, David has booked three entertainers for the coming month to meet the residents’ entertainment needs.
West Lake Terrace has a long-standing group of entertainers who have become well known to residents, but residents are also open to new entertainers, David notes.
Sometimes residents are the source of ideas.
For instance, a resident recently approached David to recommend a singer-guitarist who performed at the home a few years back, so David took the resident up on their offer.
“I called that gentleman and he has agreed to come in,” the LEC says.
Music has long been an important tool used to enhance quality of life for long-term care home residents. Music can be uplifting and bring back fond memories.
For those residents living with cognitive impairment, music can be relaxing and calm agitation.
David says he has seen first-hand the benefits music can provide residents. Right after an entertainer performs, a positive vibe will resonate at the home, he says.
“(Music) will just put people in a good mood.”
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