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Community Music for Dementia Patients – St Johns Hospital Enniscorthy

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Wexford

Programme: Wexford

WHO Theme: Community Support And Health Services

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health

Funding Stream: Keep Well

Resources Required: Community Support, Paid Staff, Premises

Cost: 1000-5000


As part of the Keep Well campaign a community music 6 week pilot project took place for patients of the 21 bed unit at St. Johns Hospital, Enniscorthy. Feedback received as follows: “It was absolutely wonderful. Residents were so engaged and responsive. Staff were hugely supportive and we are already looking forward to returning next week.”

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

Patients of Ivy Ward – Dementia Ward, St. Johns Hospital

Steps critical to success

  1. Arts Office to identify & procure musicians
  2. Buy in from HSE staff in hospital
  3. Patients able to participate & safe to do so

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Admin
  2. Procurement
  3. Covid restrictions

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Positive changes in moods and emotional states
  2. Reduced anxiety
  3. Provided entertainment and enjoyment

Evaluation / Report:
Contact Ann marie

Ann Marie Laffan /