Research repeatedly demonstrates that music enhances wellbeing, combats stress and provides a gateway to unlock memories and the feelings they evoke.
Music unites people. It is a universal language we can all speak. Music comforts us at our most broken and has the profound ability to inspire and enliven us, both on an individual level and as part of a wider group. It facilitates mutual understanding and serves as a force for inspiration and growth.
As people age and language and cognition decline, music becomes a powerful tool, where songs become symbolic expressions of experience, fuelling feelings and responses in the listener; enabling and empowering them to communicate in a manner that is meaningful to them.
Our triangle of care philosophy – the driving force behind MBi Social Care – is one that puts human interaction and relationships at the core of person-centred care. We believe this can only be achieved when people remain connected to people and the wider community.
We also believe that the physical and social environments themselves act as a form of prosthesis, and creative opportunities of communication such as the playing of music and musical instruments often play a key role in fostering strong attachments to family and staff.
As part of our on going championing of meaningful Activities & Occupation as a part of everyday life in our care facilities, Gavin Woodhouse, CEO of MBi Consulting, has personally donated a professional music package to every care home, to both those in the current portfolio and guaranteed to each new home too.
Supported by PMT House of Rock, Leeds, each care home is now in receipt of:
- 1x Black Rat KXSA4 Single Keyboard x stand
- 1x Gon Bops Plastic Maracas
- 1x Black Rat Thai Bongo
- 1x Yamaha P45
- Stagg egg shakers – all colours
- 5x Cutaway Tambourine, 16 jingle
- 1x Stagg percussion kit (mixed 9-piece pack)
- 1x Natal Oblong Extra Large - Mucha Burl
- 1x Stagg PSB-38T Padded Percussion Bag
A conversation was had between Gavin and Paul, Managing Director of MBi Social Care, which bizarrely went something like this:
“I have been reading about the effects of music therapy, music means a lot in my life would a donation of a piano to all the homes be welcome?”
“Are you kidding, let me tell you about music and care – but a piano might need someone to play it?"
"I thought about that, how about an electric piano, best of both?"
"Well listen, that would be amazing but you know, everyone can bang something or shake something."
"Well why not have an electric piano and percussion pack - leave it with me."
If you are walking past one of our care locations, visiting a loved one, or living with us, you will be likely to hear a cacophony of communication…now we cant promise you it will be 'music' but we can promise you, that if music really is the food of love, then a lot of people will eat their fill this festive season at MBi Social Care.