Soothing sounds at city care homes

Rita Clarke, a resident at Paddock Hill Care Home in Gleadless Road, with home manager Helen Begernie
Rita Clarke, a resident at Paddock Hill Care Home in Gleadless Road, with home manager Helen Begernie
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Cash from the Big Lottery Fund Awards For All is to make life better for people with dementia in care homes across Sheffield.

SheffCare, which looks after more than 1,000 older people in 11 residential care homes across the city, has received £8,250 in grant aid.

The money has been used to buy interactive sound posts, placed in memory gardens at the homes including Paddock Hill on Gleadless Road.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of residents living with dementia and are creating sensory gardens specifically for them to enjoy,” said Sheffcare chief executive Belinda Gibson.

“There is evidence to suggest that, as mental capacity changes in people with dementia, they can function more on a sensory rather than intellectual level due to experiencing sounds like wildlife noises, and it is something they can enjoy with their families.”

The new solar-powered sound posts sense when someone walks past and make a range of sounds from birdsong to country noises.

“We have involved staff, residents and their families in locating the posts in the right area,” Belinda added.