Have you ever wondered how staff and residents celebrate Christmas in a care home?
This year, to celebrate Christmas, our staff and residents worked together to create something special.
Our head office team partnered with a local music education business, Putting Music First, to create a unique Christmas song.
Keep reading to find out more about the festive tune:
Composing Our Christmas Song
Traditionally, each year, we host our GEM awards – an internal celebration of individual success stories. However, due to the effects of the pandemic, we decided to postpone the 2021 awards to help keep our residents safe, choosing to create meaningful music instead.
The idea of composing a Christmas song was part of our ongoing commitment towards community and togetherness. It was put together as a token of appreciation for our residents and staff, symbolising the strong community spirit within our care group.
Christmas in a Care Home: Macc’s Roses
In a bid to spread as much joy as possible, our head office team joined together to sing ‘Macc’s Roses’. The inspiration for the name came from our focus on providing person-centered care, and our three core values: love, caring and compassion. These qualities are represented by the ‘Rose’, which is a consistent feature within the names of each of our homes and is a symbol of cherished new beginnings.
We designed the song to emphasise that here at Macc Care, we’re one big family, and that caring for each other – over the last year in particular – is a reason in itself to celebrate. The final line in the song is: “Let’s raise a glass to everyone” – a true testament to our resilient community.
Christmas in a Care Home: Partnering with Putting Music First
Putting Music First is a local midlands music education business, fronted by Anji Hollinshead-Bland. Anji is a specialist guitar and ukulele teacher working in the Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Borders. The group provides passionate, dedicated tuition, as well as lending its ability to formulate catchy original songs.
Sharen Guise, our Director of Operations here at Macc Care, said: “The decision to delay our GEM awards evening was a hard decision but given the current rise in Covid cases, it was important to put the safety of our staff, residents and wider community first.
“We were determined to reignite our festive spirits, so we decided to warm up our vocal cords and make a unique Christmas song. Putting Music First were fantastic and, despite our distinct lack of musical talent, provided us with a really powerful, catchy song that resonated across all of our homes.
“Creating this song has even inspired some of our homes to hold their own carol concerts and embrace the unique ability of music to spread Christmas cheer. We hope that next year will resemble something of normality but in the meantime, we will continue to sing our hearts out and, hopefully, everyone at Macc Care understands just how valued they are.”