Musician, Jon, Strikes the Right Note with Canterbury Care Home Residents
Missing their visitors, residents of Connors House Residential Care Home in Canterbury were delighted to receive a visit from their musical friend, Jon, for a performance in the garden.
Prior to lockdown, Jon regularly visited residents of the Craddock Road residential care home for interactive music sessions, which the residents always thoroughly enjoyed. So, hearing Jon perform truly was music to the residents’ ears, it was particularly special as they hadn’t had any visitors in for over three months.
With the residents seated safely in the conservatory, Jon perched on a stool in the garden and performed for his older friends at a safe distance, singing an array of classics and of course, some good old-fashioned singalongs that the residents could join in with.
Rose Higham, Activity Coordinator at Connors House said: “Since lockdown our activities have had to change a little, with no visitors coming in for things like music or bingo. But there are still lots of happy things going on here. We’re finding joy in the small things, like baking, crafts and enjoying the courtyard in the sun.
“It was great to welcome Jon back, even if he was in the garden, and the residents had a great time; I think they enjoyed it even more than usual because they hadn’t seen him for so long.”
Music has so many benefits for all of us but particularly for older people and those living with dementia. Not only does it aid relaxation and reduce stress, it also improved mood and generally promotes positive wellbeing.