Lincoln, NE: Bell Choir Rings in Christmas

Monika Gall, Life Enrichment Coordinator of Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, wanted to give residents a new purpose. Thinking outside the box, Gall, who has a musical education background, proposed a Bell Choir at their resident council this past September and many were intrigued. It was made clear that no musical background was required; anyone who wanted to participate was welcome.

After the first bell choir practice, residents decided that they wanted to share their music with other communities and their family members as well as the Vetter Senior Living Home Office in Elkhorn, NE. With Christmas right around the corner, the group decided to play well-known Christmas carols for their performances.

Many of the participants in the bell choir have Dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnoses. Music has been shown to prompt memories for those with Dementia and these Christmas carols and reading the Christmas story brought back many childhood memories and joy. Most of the residents had never performed in front of other people before. They received praise, tears, and confidence from their family, peers, and team members.

The bell choir can’t wait to perform again at the Sumner Place Talent Show in February.

Mission – Dignity in Life

Submitted by Megan Herter, Admissions & PR

Sumner Place Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, Lincoln, NE