Residents at a Shropshire care home are being entertained by the sound of music thanks to a new arrival – an iconic Wurlitzer jukebox.
The machine, which holds 2,500 CDs from the 1950s to the 1980s, has been bought for Coverage Care’s Innage Grange in Bridgnorth from a generous legacy left to the home.
The modern recreation of the original Wurlitzer has taken pride of place in the main communal lounge and will play an important role for residents in nursing and residential care alike, said manager Nigel Godman.
“The Wurlitzer jukebox is more than just an amazing source of music to entertain everyone. It’s a great reminder for many of our residents who will have played these jukeboxes when they were younger.
“The music they choose will prompt memories from their own lives, a song they remember dancing or singing to their children for instance.
“The machine itself is also a great form of visual stimulation. It has the classic bubble tube on the top and it’s very colourful and lights up.”
Nigel said that the decision to install the jukebox was made as it can be enjoyed by everyone at the home, regardless of their physical or mental health.
“Although some of our residents have dementia and others may be restricted to a wheelchair, they can still enjoy the jukebox and its music.
“There has been widespread research on the benefits of music – for instance, it is believed that music lowers stress hormone levels and may trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone which boosts the body’s ability to tolerate pain. It is also said to be able to stimulate memories in people with dementia as the disease progresses.”