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Singing Carols at Residential Care Homes

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Country Tried: UNITED KINGDOM
Location Tried: Town (town centre)
Estimated costs: Free
Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Church
Activity: Music
Author: Lozbrackpool
Published: 03/12/2014

Description

Each year we attend our local residential care home to sing Christmas carols in the Dementia unit. We have forged links with the unit over time, and have supported them in various ways. We conduct a short service, with readings, carols and a message.

Rationale

We want to help the elderly people and their families celebrate Jesus' birthday. Many of the residents have dementia and some may not communicate for days, weeks, or even months. Christmas carols or old hymns and songs help them to connect with their childhood memories, and they often join in and sing along. It brings joy to the staff and families to see the residents respond in this way, and we believe the carols bring joy to the residents themselves.

Outcome

The staff, residents and families hear the testimony of the wonderful gift of the birth of Jesus.

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