Patients step back in time with vinyl player

Orchard House Day Hospital is a rehabilitation service for people over 65 whose mental health problems are preventing them from being able to carry out their normal everyday activities and hobbies.

The team includes mental health nurses, occupational therapists, nursing assistants and technical instructors and also have a link worker to help people to link into activities which are going on in the community.

The aim of the service is to provide people the ability to work towards regaining their skills and confidence in activities of every day life – shopping, cooking, socialising and playing an active role both in their family and their community.

A request was made from the team for a dansette style 60's record player with the aim of enabling patients to bring in their own loved records to share with others and and enjoy a variety of music.

With music playing an important part in daily life for most people such as listening on the commute, cooking, exercise, relaxing and socialising. It can be linked to mood either taking you back to a certain time or memory.

A certain song can make us feel happy, sad, energetic, or relaxed and because music can have such an impact on a person’s mindset and well-being, it can be a powerful tool in helping and reaching people.

For patients that are struggling with mental health problems and have problems carring out daily activities, music therapy can be a way to bring patients together and cultivate confidence.

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