Mary’s Story

Mary is 79 and has been a resident at Grange Care Home in Kilmarnock for two years. She takes part in all of the activities organised by Derek, the Lifestyle Coordinator, but she has a particular fondness for music. Isla spoke to Mary and Derek on a video call.

“We haven’t had live music for months. Everything we have been doing is just on the TV or videos, that type of thing. So to have someone who was actually interacting directly, asking them what songs they would like to hear, I think it was almost like a wee touch to the outside world again. And that just made you feel a bit more hopeful afterwards.”

 

Mary: “I’ve always loved music. My mother loved music too, she played the accordion. Then I got one and had lessons, then my sister… we were like a three-piece band, it was marvellous.”

Derek: “The residents love to hear different music. We were doing exercise to ABBA this morning. Last week I had to control them all because I had Status Quo on and I didn’t think that would go down well, but they were all up!”

We spoke to Derek and Mary about their recent live music session with Music in Hospitals & Care musician Neil Sturgeon over Zoom.

Mary: “It was fabulous, he came on with the guitar and oh it was wonderful. Singing and dancing, brilliant… [Afterwards] I felt happy, because it just made you feel a wee bit more alive at the end. We all went to bed happy. Even Sheena and Margaret were singing, and they’re about 90 odd! It was marvellous, I couldn’t say enough about it.”

Mary and the other residents haven’t seen friends and family or been able to leave the care home for a number of months during the pandemic.

Mary: “You miss them, but we keep saying to each other you know, it’s going to lift and our families can come back in… I miss my shopping. I’m a shopaholic! That’s [been] very hard.”

Derek: “We haven’t had live music for months. Everything we have been doing is just on the TV or videos, that type of thing. So to have someone who was actually interacting directly, asking them what songs they would like to hear, I think it was almost like a wee touch to the outside world again. And that just made you feel a bit more hopeful afterwards.”

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