Craigielea awarded accredited status for Playlist for Life

June 09, 2017

Craigielea Care Home, part of the Holmes Care Group are delighted to be named the first home in Scotland to receive an accredited status for Playlist for Life.

Playlist for Life taps into meaningful music that has the ability to improve life for people with dementia, their family and their carers. We have probably all experienced music which gives us 'that flashback feeling’; when a certain song takes us back to a person, place or time whenever we hear it. That feeling is a sign that the music we are listening to is deeply connected to our memories and emotions. For people with dementia it can be a lifeline.                                                                                

A personal playlist can help to enhance memories and abilities, strengthen relationships and restore a sense of self in a world that can be increasingly alien.

Playlist for Life accredited status is only awarded when practitioners can demonstrate implementation of the incentive and not just that they have attended a training event; the awarded package is then valid for 2 years.

Andy Lowndes, Deputy Chair & ‘The Music Detective' for Playlist for Life along with Training Co-ordinator, Paula Bain had the pleasure of attending a feedback session at Craigielea on Thursday 8th June. At this session the staff enthusiastically told Andy and Paula about how they planned to implement the Playlist for Life tools and methodology since the training session some months before.

Andy quotes: “We are delighted to award Craigielea with the first Playlist for Life accredited status in Scotland today. Craigielea Care Home is where Playlist for Life was first piloted just over four years ago and it was great to go back and meet the manager Sheila and her committed team again.”


Manager of Craigielea Care Home, Sheila Inshaw comments: “We are delighted to have achieved accredited status for the Playlist for Life establishment, and are particularly proud, as we are the first home in Scotland to receive this prestigious award. The staff have worked extremely hard with residents and families, and will continue to promote Playlist for Life to everyone who will listen as it really can have such rewarding results for residents, families and staff.”
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