A HEREFORDSHIRE care home has hosted a disco with a difference to entertain its residents.

Forbury Care Home, in Church Street, Leominster, treated staff and residents to a 'silent disco' with the help of Pop Up Parties UK.

A silent disco or silent rave is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones.

Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants.


Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing.

Silent discos are used as a form of music therapy and are thought to be helpful for people suffering with dementia.

Research from leading scientists suggests the link between music and memory is particularly strong because it has the ability to activate large areas of the brain, including the auditory, motor and emotional regions.

Residents had a great day enjoying the music, with Douglas Howells describing it as "out of this world", while Michael Partridge said, "the sound was spot on, i really enjoyed it".

Registered care manager Genovaite Bujokiene said: "When we saw how these events can benefit people with dementia we set a date.

"We were delighted to see not only our residents but our staff getting into the rhythm and dance mood.

"We would greatly recommend other care homes to give it a try, as we had so much fun and laughter."