Jukebox Uke Virtual Music Encounters
"Thankyou so much for the video. I broke my heart watching it but in a nice way. Words cannot express my thanks. It's fantastic." Family member
"That video is brilliant it was great to see her so happy , thanks so much." Family member
"I cried with happiness watching the videos. Thankyou so very much to everyone involved. So moving and so amazing to see responses to the music and the reminiscing and residents enjoying themselves. . Absolutely fabulous!" We need more of this for our residents! On behalf of the Residents, families, staff, Orchard Care Homes and myself I just want to say a massive thank you for bringing this fantastic experience to Paddock Stile Manor.It has left an everlasting wonderful memory for the home. No one could fail to be moved by the impact you all had on everyone. Jackie Murray, Operations Director, Paddock Stile Care Home.
"One of our residents thought she was going on the television each week and would get so excited about it, telling staff and residents she had been part of making a programme about her life, she was so proud. All of the residents loved the singing part of it, it helps them to reminisce, and having a chat afterwards, talking about their families and all of the good times and memories they have. To see the residents faces so animated was just a lovely feeling for all of us to see in these awful times we are going through. I can speak for myself and the staff, this has just been so fantastic for our resident’s wellbeing, we were all crying with happiness !!!! I have a fantastic team who go above and beyond and we will definitely love to continue MORE with what has been started. I really can’t thank you all enough for giving us this opportunity at Paddock Stile ." Julie Thompson Home Manager ‑ Paddock Stile Manor
"Our residents LOVED the session, they thoroughly enjoyed it and they all sang along and really enjoyed themselves. They loved the personal touch of being able to choose their own songs. It was a lovely reminiscing session for them and Pete was wonderful with them & engaging. Many thanks. " Francesca Pattison Wellbeing Co-Ordinator Eastbourne House Care Home.
" I think this is the best thing I’ve ever done in my career . The interaction with the residents has been lovely and the families feedback is amazing." Bev Atkinson, Bev Atkinson Consultancy, Facilitator, Juke Box Uke.
Jukebox Uke is a music project working with care homes across the region to reduce the feeling of isolation enabling individuals to reconnect with themselves and the world through the power of music. It offers wonderful support for the mental health and well being of those shielding due to covid (including not just residents in care homes but often many of their family members) and increased support capacity for care home staff too.
From June to Dec 2020 thanks to Arts Council Emergency Response Funding Mad Alice Theatre professional performer and musician Pete digitally visited 4 care homes with his trusty Uke and hosted 1 on 1 virtual music encounters with 36 individual residents. (and sessions were also delivered with older residents at home with a member of their household/support bubble present)
These FREE virtual sessions created a safe supported sensory space to chat about music, listen, make requests and sing along – no musical encounter was the same as they were led by the participating individual. Happening in real time, each virtual musical encounter focussed on the individual in that moment; responding to their needs, their mood, their musical tastes to engage them with a high quality, enjoyable participatory musical experience.
Music has the power to unlock emotions and memories and our one on ones sought to use that power to enable a deeper level of engagement. For residents with dementia, music can achieve rare and very real encounters and connect with the person within.
This project was delivered with the support and guidance of each individual participating care home and we worked with residents with a wide range of needs. These virtual music encounters happened in real time – but these digital moments were filmed and later shared with residents and their families, so they can be relived and enjoyed with their family, friends and the care home.
Family members were contacted prior to the sessions by our wonderful facilitator Bev Atkinson to find out a little about the residents, to give family members an opportunity to talk about their feelings around being separated from their loved ones in care homes due to covid and to dedicate a song to their family member.
Our facilitator spoke to relatives after the sessions, reassuring and updating them about their loved one.
During the sessions residents were able to send messages to their family members on the videos we created for them (24 videos were created with ACEERF) and wonderful conversations were had throughout the sessions with our facilitator, the resident, Pete our musician and care home staff.
Families felt calmer, less helpless and so relieved to see the family member's interaction on the film gifted to them, through the stimulation received on a one to one basis with the Juke Box Uke session.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JUKEBOX UKE please contact our Artistic Director, Shelley O'Brien: [email protected]
Care home staff are having a challenging time with residents with covid as well as residents deteriorating mentally due to the lack of understanding or insight into why they are no longer seeing their family member. The music sessions help bring about a calmness in the resident, an opportunity for stimulation due to the singing, discussion and reminiscence and an overall positive feeling of wellness.
Juke Box Uke sessions provide an opportunity for residents to also discuss concerns re covid and not seeing relatives and their day to day life and to be reassured by our facilitator who can relay information to them having spoken to their family member and vice versa.
Music making in lockdown!!
"It's a really positive experience coming face to face with these people and approaching a topic which is meaningful to them, i.e. some of their favourite music. The demand was varied and I enjoyed learning a wide spectrum of music and making decisions on how best to arrange them for solo voice and ukulele.
Responses were sometimes big and demonstrative and sometimes extremely subtle, but as we know, the outer signs are not always directly proportional to the effect of the encounter. Sometimes, the faintest nod of the head would show me that the person was there in the moment, sometimes, even, just a look in their eye. The careworkers' interaction was often key, as was Bev's skill and experience.
It's unusual to have the chance of 1 to 1 live musical encounters and this is a powerful device for breaking down isolation. The use of music which is significant to a participant makes for a unique point of contact which is also available to family members. The project also involves the care workers and hopefully connects them with the participants in a different way. The sessions were beneficial to the relationship between the care workers and the residents. It seemed to give them a change of atmosphere and a different kind of shared experience, which gave them moments of connection and closeness. Finally, and on a different tack, I am also on a bit of a crusade to demonstrate and promote the importance of music and all the benefits it can bring to these situations." Pete Baynes JukeBox Uke Musician
This is a great project to get a video at this time of not being able to see my mam, thank you.
Even a photo of my husband please, I used to see him every day and can’t with covid, I would love that .
I feel so guilty not being there for my Mam, she will wonder where I have gone, this is an awful time and to see her happy on a video talking and singing is so special thank you .
I have not seen my mam since March, only my brother has as only one allowed, I miss her so much . She will love the songs and the chat and I love to see the video and see how she looks
I feel out of control with this virus and not seeing my mam, I’ve let her down, anything you can get for me will be greatly appreciated so a video is wonderful.
All of our family loved the video. We hope you receive further funding to continue this work as we would be so delighted if more families were to able to have the same wonderful experience as we have had.
Bev Atkinson (Bev Atkinson Consultancy) is our facilitator.
She is a caring and dedicated nurse first and foremost and is currently working in a self employed capacity in Health and Social care and also holds a job role with The Care Quality Commission as a Specialist Advisor. She has worked in the Health Care sector for forty five years managing and developing a range of services and achieved the role as a Director of Nursing for a large teaching Primary Care Trust and then at an integrated Hospital and Community Trust. In the Board role she held a large portfolio with accountability for Patient Safety, Risk Management, Safeguarding and Patient Experience. She has experience of leading in hospital , community and social care sectors and transforming services to meet the needs of people. She is passionate about people involvement and safety and well being of patients, residents and staff. As a successful Board member she has a wide range of leadership styles and a track record of delivering new service models nationally and locally and leading innovative care pathway changes. She has led transformation of services in the care home setting which has influenced reduced hospital admissions and reduced non essential access to professional services.
Pete Baynes is our professional musician.
Pete is also an arts practitioner, actor, writer and theatre director who has over 30 years professional experience of performing, directing and writing and delivering music and drama sessions as well as the same vast amount of experience delivering music sessions in care homes both regionally and nationally. Pre lockdown and covid he toured all over the UK delivering music performances in care homes and he is the brains behind the concept of JUKEBOXUKE , with Bev helping us to develop the concept further. He is also a director of Mad Alice.