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How one business is getting the care homes dancing and singing

Natalie (former professional ballet dancer) started danceSing back in 2016 with the vision to bring the benefits of singing and dancing to stay fit, healthy, and happy to the general public. Natalie and her team of amazing and passionate professionals wanted to make a positive difference to people’s lives through their shared vision of bringing wellness to the nation. danceSing was born with the main aim to “lift your mood and help you to feel less stressed, less anxious, and more confident”.

Natalie

2020 – The year the world changed

When Covid-19 hit the world, the way we work, live and learn changed dramatically and the classes that danceSing were providing in person were no longer able to go ahead. They moved their classes online and since then have grown and adapted to the benefit of their customers. One idea that had been in the pipeline for a while (before Covid hit) is providing the services to care homes. All the while being supported by Business Gateway Clackmannanshire.

Care Homes

The Care Homes across the UK were particularly hit hard by Covid in terms of the virus but also isolation due to no visitors which meant loneliness and mental health issues were on the increase. Natalie and her team had the idea for the care home services before the pandemic but had to improvise to create a service that would allow them to provide this in the strange times that we found ourselves in.

danceSing Care was born

Natalie’s team have developed a service that is an exclusive wellbeing experience designed to offer opportunities for people to participate in meaningful music and movement activities that positively promote their mental and physical health and happiness in a care home setting. The team have also benefited from strategy support and business advice through Business Gateway in Clackmannanshire.

Care homes can currently try danceSing Care FREE to understand what is involved and how it works, if you are a manager or work in a care home then sign up now to access this amazing programme. There are pre-recorded assets available whenever the care home wants/needs and can schedule in a time which suits them and the people they care for.

The Care Homes can enjoy unlimited access to all online on-demand features including music, singing, movement and fitness session resources.  Plus, a memory lane radio show and musical medley concerts.

NHS & danceSing Care

The danceSing Care programme has been developed with NHS healthcare professionals including consultation with psychologists and occupational therapists from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The feedback they received has been extremely positive:

The danceSing Care resources are a lovely way of supporting care home staff to meet their residents’ need for meaningful engagement, social interaction, physical exercise and fun, improving wellbeing during the pandemic and beyond

Dr Joanna Marshall, Clinical Psychologist, Durham and Darlington Care Home Liaison TEWV NHS Foundation Trust.

 “One resident who uses a Zimmer frame stood up doing the swam move and walked forward without her Zimmer and wanted to dance. danceSing Care gave her so much confidence”

Campbell Snowdon House, Abbeyfield Group

Living Life to the Fullest

Caring for our elderly generation and making their lives rich and meaningful is core to the ethos of danceSing Care and the service has been developed exclusively for care homes and communities. This programme and wellbeing experience is designed to offer opportunities for people to participate in music and movement activities that positively promote their mental and physical health and happiness.

Find out more about how your care home can sign up for FREE here.


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Health Statement - Your Health & Wellbeing

  1. The danceSing On Demand programme is physically demanding. You must listen to your body and work at a level that is appropriate to your health and ability. Take breaks when needed and keep hydrated, ensure you have space to workout, clear of any objects, loose floor coverings, pets, children, other people, or equipment not currently in use.
  2. Only you can know if you are in a suitable physical condition to safely perform this exercise program and follow the nutrition plan. If you have any doubt at all, consult your doctor or physician before you take part in danceSing On Demand to assess your physical suitability. Follow all safety instructions before and during this or any fitness plan.
  3. If at any time you feel pain, discomfort, dizziness or nausea, you should slow down and stop exercising slowly. Then consult your medical provider.
  4. If exercising with a child, please assess the suitability of the exercise program first and consult with the child’s doctor or physician to confirm that they are physically fit to take part in danceSing On Demand. If at any time your child experiences pain, discomfort, dizziness or nausea, you should instruct them to slow down and stop exercising slowly. Again, then consult your child’s medical provider.
  5. If you are pregnant or have any underlying or special medical conditions you must first consult a doctor or physician to seek medical advice and confirm you understand the risks, contraindications, and complications of using this programme. Failure to do so could result in significant injury to you and others (including, if applicable, your unborn child).

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