Willowbeck proud to announce specialist neurologic music therapy programme

Specialist care home Willowbeck has partnered up with a unique music therapy organisation that works with residents to help with neurological development, physical rehabilitation and general well-being.

Sheffield nurse-led home Willowbeck will be working with national organisation Chroma via music therapy which is a form of neurological and psychological rehabilitation process using music, sound, instruments, and music technology to support people. Music therapy is a regulated healthcare profession and one of the Allied Health Professions (AHPs).

Chroma’s experienced therapist will work with residents to get involved in playing a range of musical instruments, singing and song-writing to develop both communication and physical abilities in open group sessions and also one to one sessions with residents.

Service users with a variety of complex conditions will be playing musical instruments to enable their functional, neurological and psychological rehabilitation; service users with communication and social needs, will be offered sessions based more around singing and song writing, and will be aimed at psychological and functional outcomes.

Chroma’s Neurologic music therapist Sally Watson will be working at Willowbeck one day a week for an eight-week period and will work alongside Kalina and Karl from the home’s activities team.

Sally will be working with eight individuals on a one-to-one basis which will allow rehabilitation on residents’ specific needs. In some cases, this will include improving functional movement and mobility through music therapy.

Sally said: “I am really looking forward to working at Willowbeck and working with service users to see a real progression in their skills and development. I will be working with people who live with a wide variety of needs and conditions and I will be working with everyone on their own goals and developments.”

Sally is a qualified music therapist and neurologic music therapist and has worked in a variety of settings with people of all ages, including schools, hospitals and prisons. She currently specialises in working with adults and children with a range of complex needs.

She added: “Music therapy is proven to increase self-expression, confidence and communication as well as improving social skills, co-ordination and concentration. I will be working with residents to assess their current skills and at the end of the eight weeks I will carry out the same assessment to monitor developments and positive changes.”

Helen Baxendale, Exemplar Health Care’s Clinical Director, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Sally in to our home and we are looking forward to seeing the developments in our residents.

“Many of our service users enjoy arts and crafts so I’m sure many will take to the music therapy sessions. I look forward to seeing positive developments at the end of the eight weeks.

Daniel Thomas, joint Managing Director of Chroma, said “We are delighted to work in partnership with Exemplar and hopefully soon in their other homes. Working alongside nursing and care professionals and other AHPs who really understand how neurologic music therapy enhances the provision of standard high quality care is fantastic.”

Willowbeck specialise in providing care for people who live with neuro-disability, brain injury and stroke, mental ill-health, profound learning disability, complex dementia, physical disability, spinal injury rehabilitation, OneCare service, Huntington’s Disease.