Companionship team member Fiona Pritchard has taken on the dedicated role of Music and Arts Partner.
A professional musician and teacher, Fiona is working across all our homes, including our dementia care settings, to help residents get more involved in arts activities.
She aims to stimulate residents’ creativity and imagination through singing, playing music, drama, poetry, storytelling, dance and active listening.
Fiona, who joined Colten Care in 2014, said: “I am introducing arts-based approaches into everyday care and offering individualised interactions with residents based on their areas of interest.
“I will use creative interventions to offer people living with dementia an alternative means to express how they feel and challenge how their diagnosis is perceived.”
She is also helping residents participate in community arts projects.
After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Fiona performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English National Ballet and the Scottish Opera Orchestra.
As well as working with us, she has been teaching music at Ringwood School in Hampshire for 25 years. She also writes and arranges music and songs for the BBC, ITV and music and education publishers.
Fiona said: “I hope to increase the sense of wellbeing for our residents and enrich their experience of staying in a care home.”