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Tuning Up: The Benefits of Group Singing in Care Homes

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

The BBCH singing group had its origins with a friend of Janet and Tony, both volunteers at BBCH. However, when COVID-19 restrictions prevented people from visiting the care home, one of our residents stepped in to lead the group. Currently, the group is managed by our activities coordinators, Maria and Nicki.

BBCH Singing Group

Not my forte

You don't need to be a professional singer to join in on the fun. Everyone is welcome to come and sing their hearts out with us.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of harmonising with others and making beautiful music together.

Music to your ears

As we age, maintaining an active social life can be challenging, but participating in group activities can be a great way to stay connected and engaged. For our residents at Bernhard Baron Care Home, participating in a singing group can have numerous benefits, including improved mood, cognitive stimulation, physical health, socialisation, and increased confidence.

Five Benefits from group singing

1.Improved Mood

Singing is known to improve mood and reduce stress levels. Group singing provides a sense of camaraderie and a feeling of belonging to a community, which can help to combat feelings of depression and anxiety.

2. Cognitive Stimulation

Singing requires a certain level of cognitive engagement, as residents need to learn and remember lyrics and melodies. Engaging in group singing can help to stimulate cognitive function and improve memory. Additionally, singing has been shown to activate the brain's pleasure centres, which can improve overall brain function.

3. Physical Benefits

Singing is a physical activity that requires deep breathing and good posture. For our residents, this can help to improve lung capacity, strengthen the respiratory system, and promote better cardiovascular health. Singing has also been shown to boost the immune system and improve overall physical wellbeing.

4. Socialisation

Singing together can help residents to form new friendships and create a sense of community within the care home.

5. Increased Confidence

Singing in a group can be a confidence-building activity. Participating in a singing group can help residents to feel more comfortable expressing themselves and can provide a sense of achievement and accomplishment.

Group singing is a great way to connect with others, lift your spirits, and have a whole lot of fun in the process.


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