Music for Dementia has teamed up with the Office of the Chief Social Worker for Adults, DHSC on two guides to help social workers embed music into personalised care plans for people living with dementia.
The guides, which are supported by the Dementia Choices Action Alliance and NHS England, cover the benefits of a musical approach for people living with dementia and how to include it in strengths-based assessments, including the role of link workers, family and friends in making this happen.
Fran Leddra, Chief Social Worker for England, said: “This guide will support professionals and families and individuals receiving care to think about music as a part of a therapeutic response to wellbeing. Care plans need to embrace what is important in someone’s life and not just describe the transactional care and support they need. When we include music in care plans, we immediately make them more personalised.”
Grace Meadows, Programme Director of Music for Dementia, said: “Music is the most wonderful enabler and we are delighted to have worked closely with the Office of the Chief Social Worker on these guides. They will give social workers the knowledge and tools to make music happen for people living with dementia who have a social care need.
“Having spoken with social workers at several events recently, I know there is a great deal of interest in the power of music and how it can be used as part of social care plans to enhance and enrich quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.”
Both guides can be viewed and downloaded from the Music for Dementia website.