Ashley Gardens Care Centre in Maidstone, Kent, has hosted a music festival to raise awareness of dementia and encourage support for those living with the condition.
The home has partnered with Purple Angel Dementia Project, an organisation that strives to offer a better standard of life for people living with dementia, through music. Purple Angel has hosted ‘World Rocks against Dementia’, asking people around the world to hold any kind of music events to join together in spreading awareness.
Ashley Gardens supported the campaign with its own music festival where local performers took to the stage.
Staff from the home also took part in the event, performing and serving guests food and drink and handing out fun festival props such as glow-sticks. The team were also joined by residents, staff and visitors from five other local care homes.
“Music helps our residents who live with dementia connect to happy memories from their past,” says home manager Jo Mazza. “We see such utter happiness in their faces when they hear their favourite music, so we know just how important it is to include music in every day life at our home.”
Ashley Gardens Care Centre is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and provides residential and nursing care for up to 89 people.