Residents are tuning into care home radio

LOUD AND CLEAR. In the entertainments room at Linden House are, from left, Michael Robinson, President of New Forest Hospital Radio, Colten Care Activities Manager Jo London and Activities Organiser Mandy Stevens. Jo and Mandy are holding stereo sets on which the request shows are being played.

Music request shows specially produced for five of our care homes have begun under a partnership with New Forest Hospital Radio.

The bespoke programmes by volunteer DJs feature dedications for residents at Linden House, Belmore Lodge and Court Lodge in Lymington, Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst and Kingfishers in New Milton.

Each home has its own one-hour show every month, available as a podcast on the station website www.nfhradio.org.uk.

Using flash drives, team members can download the shows onto portable, rechargeable stereo sets designed for ease of use by older people. Residents can then listen in their bedrooms or the homes’ lounges.

Mandy Stevens, Activities Organiser at Linden House, said the shows are an ideal way for relatives and friends to suggest dedications for their loved ones’ birthdays and anniversaries.

“Music is a very big part of our residents’ lives,” said Mandy. “Remembering songs and tunes you knew well when you were younger touches heart and mind. That goes for all kinds of music from traditional classical pieces to wartime songs, jazz, folk and pop. We already enjoy many sing-songs and welcome live performers to our entertainments room which is equipped with a baby grand piano. Having individual dedications on a specially produced monthly show just for our home is another great way we can champion person-centred care.”

New Forest Hospital Radio is based at Lymington Hospital. Presenter Michael Robinson said: “We already receive wonderful feedback on our shows and we’re thrilled to be reaching more music lovers around the area.”

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