Residents of a care home in a picturesque part of Stourbridge are enjoying songs and music after a kind hearted teacher donated a piano to the home.
Graeme Pounder, a piano teacher and tuner from Stourbridge, donated the instrument to Iverley-based High Lodge Care Home after he was told staff where on the lookout for one to help entertain residents.
The instrument is already proving very popular with residents who have been gathering around it to sing old time songs. It is also helping to play a big role for residents who suffer with dementia.
Bringing back memories
Care Home Manager Patricia Stevenson said: "Music has such a wonderful ability to bring back memories that can otherwise be lost to dementia.
"The piano has made a huge difference to our residents and for one lady in particular, Jean Howard, who used to sing in a local choir and was a prominent member of the Stourbridge Operatic Society.
"When it arrived it was not long before I heard music being played and it was Jean who was sitting in front of it. Fond memories just came flooding back and is was wonderful to see.
"A wonderful gift"
"Singing and playing music is so good for memory but also for social interaction.
"We cannot thank Graeme enough for donating what is such a wonderful gift. It is making such a difference.”
Set in four acres of grounds, High Lodge is registered with the Care Quality Commission CQC to provide residential care for up to 29 residents.
Most residents live there permanently however the home also provides short stay accommodation for those in need of respite care or convalescent facilities for those recovering from an operation or illness.