Residents at Newton House care home in Newton Mearns are enjoying their very own in-home DJ, as resident Eric hits the desk.
There aren’t many care homes that can say they have their own in-home DJ.
But thanks to resident Eric Dobson, Newton House care home in Newton Mearns, is one of the lucky few.
The 60-year-old music lover let staff know about his skills on the decks from the day he moved into the home.
So, Wellbeing & Lifestyle Coach Tom Horwood joined forces with Eric’s family to ensure he could keep enjoying his favourite hobby.
“Eric and his loved ones were really pleased when I asked them if they wanted to bring all his DJ equipment to Newton,” shares Tom.
“He’s got over 1,000 records, decks and even a light box. They thought it would be too much to keep here, but I assured them we’d find room for it all.”
When the kit arrived, Eric supervised Tom in setting up the DJ equipment and soon got back in the groove.
Spending time playing tracks and taking requests brings great joy to Eric, who is used to doing sets for appreciative audiences.
“I could spend hours with my records and playing all kinds of music,” enthuses Eric.
“It’s been lovely to set everything up here and also that so many of the other residents enjoy coming to listen to me play. I’ve got a massive selection of tunes, so I can usually find something for everyone.”
During the Christmas period, Eric’s talents were in demand as he provided the soundtrack to many of the home’s celebrations.
Tom says that his musical hobby is also a great way to boost Eric’s wellbeing.
“As our youngest and most active resident, Eric needs things to keep him busy and happy,” explains Tom.
“Whenever there’s an opportunity, I ask him if he wants to go and spend some time on the decks. We head over to the room and look through the records and find new stuff to play.
"It really helps keep a great atmosphere in the home and it brings a great deal of joy to the other residents, who often ask if he’s playing today.”
Visitors to our events can expect to hear plenty from Eric after his success during the festive period. He’s already been lined up to bring the tunes to other home occasions.
“It makes Eric feel less like a resident and more like part of the Newton team, which he loves,” smiles Tom. “That’s great for us all!”