Residents living with dementia put their best foot forward with dance class at Guildford care home

Residents at Claremont Court Care Home showcased their rhythm during a dance class as part of Dementia Awareness Week

Residents at Claremont Court Care Home showcased their rhythm during a dance class as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

The event was aimed at enhancing the well-being and quality of life for people living with dementia at Claremont Court care home while highlighting the transformative power of dance.

Residents enthusiastically participated in the class, hosted by Simon Guntrip from Best Foot Forward with a variety of dances suitable for everyone.

Lifestyle coordinator Frith said: “Simon has this energetic vibe around him that just seems to put a smile on everyone’s face.

“The variety of dancing he does throughout the class reaches all our residents abilities and the benefits of Simon’s classes are amazing for residents and staff alike.

“The residents benefit with exercise which improves their mobility and gain an appreciation of their self-worth as well as being encouraged to dance and feel part of a family.

“It was wonderful to see how happy everyone was during the class and there was an upbeat mood long after Simon had left.”

The class was part of a range of activities held throughout the week including a farm visit, a singer, a pop up cafe, creative minds art classes and readings by pupils from Northmead Junior School.

Claremont Court is one of the only UK care homes that caters exclusively for people living with dementia.

Dementia Awareness Week is an annual campaign that encourages communities to come together and educate people worldwide about dementia and the support available for people and their families.

Care home manager Karen Byres said: “We believe in creating meaningful experiences for our residents and this was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their abilities and individuality.

“The power of music and movement can truly transcend the barriers for people living with dementia and bring joy to their lives.

“It’s not just about the physical benefits. Dance classes are very social and uplifting and offer a variation of moves that keeps them inclusive.

“Dancing helps to stimulate memory recall, promotes self-expression, reduces anxiety and also encourages social interaction.

“Residents can enjoy a variety of music which can evoke different memories. Seeing how much everyone enjoyed the class was wonderful and shows the power of dance in enriching the lives of our residents.”

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