Court Jesters - Elizabeth and Victoria Court
A group of musicians and singers from Grace Community Church visit two Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Interim Care for Adults with Dementia / Alzheimers, near Gravely. There are about 28 patients in each unit, many with advanced symptoms of the disease including physical incapacity.
Music and song remain after other faculties fade. We first started 5 years ago, and have become part of the offering, part of which has been to sing at the Courts Christmas parties, when relatives and friends are visiting! Relatives and carers are very appreciative, saying that the atmosphere changes when we do our stuff! Its fun and a blessing to folk who can become isolated from society and family.
This year has seen us introduce an afternoon of singing old time songs and the response in terms of participation and atmosphere was brilliant. Thanks to Caroline for putting the Hymn and Song sheets together.
We are assisted by the Activities coordinators Lisa and Jason respectively, the nursing staff and Herts Uni students in training - who sang with great enthusiasm.