Playlist for Life has launched professional training programmes aimed at individual care staff and healthcare professionals, NHS departments, care homes and community centres that work with people living with dementia.
Playlist for Life was founded in 2013 by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson, to ensure that everyone with dementia has a playlist of ‘the soundtrack of their life’, and that everyone who loves and cares for them knows how to use it.
Those undertaking the training can learn about the benefits of using personalised music to support those living with dementia, how to make playlists and how to effectively integrate them into personalised care programmes for people with dementia.
Sarah Metcalfe, Chief Executive of Playlist for Life, said, 'We’re really passionate about integrating playlists into dementia care by adopting a ‘whole-home approach’. This means that everyone in an organisation caring for people with dementia has a role to play in implementing playlists: from senior management and carers to the receptionist and kitchen staff.
'If someone living with dementia is continually sending back their food, a member of catering staff could recognise this and suggest scheduling of therapeutic playlist activity before mealtimes. We’ve learnt from experience that the more people who are involved in the project, the more music will become a standard part of the daily life for the people we’re caring for, and the greater impact it will have.'
In addition to training opportunities, Playlist for Life offers support for family members and communities caring for people with dementia. Since 2015, it has delivered training to over 100 organisations, including local libraries, dementia cafes and community centres. The newly-launched Music Detective skills for communities programme has been designed for groups who don’t usually care for those living with dementia and explains how to identify key songs from a person with dementia’s life and use them to form the 'soundtrack to their life'.
Applications for the Playlist for Life training programmes are now open via Playlist for Life’s website.