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Carols around the keyboard entertain day centre-goers

A coffee and carol singing party for visitors to a Stroud day centre proved to be a blast from the past for a homecare company boss.

Una Mills, operations director of Stroud-based DoCare, took along her keyboard and played carols at Wyatt House Day Centre, while the party-goers sung along, tucking into mince pies provided by the homecare company.

Una felt right at home; her parents were live-in wardens at residential accommodation in Dorset, so when she was growing up Una had “an extra 24 grannies and granddads”!

“I have such fond and happy memories of singing to the residents I grew up with. They would hum a tune to me and I would pick it out on the piano, it was great fun, so I felt right at home at Wyatt House,” said Una. “I am a huge believer in the power of music and its ability to tap into the emotional side of our brain which links back to memories we may have.”

DoCare decided to throw the party for the day centre visitors – who have mild to moderate dementia – as a way of spreading some festive cheer. DoCare is a passionate supporter of services for people with dementia, and itself invest heavily in dementia care training for its staff.

“Only last week, Alzheimer's Disease International said the number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050,” said Una. “So it’s our role as a responsible homecare provider, supporting elderly people – many of whom have dementia, to do all we can to help.”

Theresa Williams, day centre co-ordinator, said: “People love coming to the day centre and different events – like DoCare hosting this coffee and carols morning – are really stimulating for them.”