Glasgow care home residents find their voice with new choir
A care home in Uddingston is offering a unique form of musical therapy which has residents singing its praises, and now it’s calling out to the local community to get involved.
Bupa’s Highgate Care Home has established a weekly choir group which runs every Friday afternoon and has proved hugely popular as a social activity for its residents.
Now, the home is hoping to expand its group of around 15 residents by opening its doors and inviting those living locally to come along and join in.
Led by the care home’s activity coordinators, the choir use YouTube to access classic and recognisable songs such as Flower of Scotland and Auld Lang Syne, to help participants reconnect with previous memories.
They practice the same selection of 12 songs every session, allowing the residents to become more and more familiar with each weekly sing-a-long.
Janine Boyle, Activity Co-ordinator at Bupa’s Highgate Care Home, spoke of the positive impact that activities such as this can have on residents.
She said: “Although the group aren’t hugely confident singers yet, they’re all very eager to take part and all look forward to the Friday afternoon sessions.
“It’s great to see everyone coming together and getting involved in the singing and dancing as it really lifts the atmosphere in the home.
“We’d really like it if members of the local community were keen to come along. It’s great fun for all involved and would be hugely beneficial for our residents as they really enjoy meeting and socialising with new people.”
Bupa’s Highgate Care Home is situated just ten minutes from Glasgow and specialises in providing support and assistance to elderly residents and those living with dementia. Each resident is given an individual care plan and is made to feel at home with Highgate’s comfortable, homely surroundings.
If you are interested in getting involved with Highgate Care Home’s choir, please contact Janine Boyle on 01698 818 005.