Chroma expands services in Voyage Care homes

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Chroma has extended its contract with Voyage Care to provide creative arts therapy services at two more of its care homes.

Residents at Devonshire House in Manchester and Cedar Road in Dudley, West Midlands, will receive music therapy, neurologic music therapy and art sessions to support their emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Devonshire House is a 24-bed specialist brain injury rehabilitation service with three wings. Cedar Road is a nine-bed residential care home, which supports people to develop and maintain their independence and cognitive skills following a brain injury.

Chroma now provides sessions in seven Voyage Care settings.

Creative arts therapists use a range of psychological and psychodynamic techniques to support the expression of memories and emotions in ways that do not rely on words.

‘Voyage Care is centred on social rehabilitation,’ said Louise Houghton, ABI placements manager at the provider. ‘The impact of loneliness and poor mental health, for care home residents, has been highlighted throughout the pandemic, which is why we are extremely happy to be able to provide these services within the already well-established multidisciplinary team and look forward to the positive impact we know it will make to our residents and their emotional needs.’

Chroma’s neurologic music therapist, Claire Maddocks, and art therapist, Jackie McVey, will deliver one-to-one sessions as well as support speech and language and physio therapists.

Maddocks said: ‘It’s exciting to have two arts therapy modalities in Voyage Care homes, and being able to incorporate them early on in a new home alongside the multidisciplinary team. It demonstrates the acknowledgement of the importance of arts therapies and the significant role they play in providing emotional and psychological support.’

McVey added: ‘It is commonplace, in residential care homes, for long-term residents to experience loneliness to some degree and it’s important we do as much as we can to help reduce such incidences.

‘Group therapy has proven itself a great way to promote interaction with others.’

Alongside one-to-one art therapy sessions, McVey plans to create group sessions focusing on social interaction and social skills.