Over the last few weeks it has become apparent that the skill gaps I have in the area of performing in front of patients with care really need to be looked at. I’m so used to performing in front of people in pubs and people who don’t have mobility needs.
It’s important to understand that some of the audience may be under some type of stress and may not enjoy the music as well as the others. I spoke to Music in hospitals on this for advice on how to handle different situations and they advised me that’s why it is important to link in wit the staff.
It is the staff’s job to look after and assist the patients and they are the ones who will deal with any challenges the audience have. That’s what they train for and that their job at the end of the day.
I have 35 years experience behind me in dealing with people with disabilities due to my brother Kevin. I have a good understand of what his needs are but everyone is different. I researched the Internet for pages that gave universal advice on this kind of thing and even though I would tell people to go read a book on how to deal with the disabled it’s a starting point and there are many different advice sites out there.
No 1 thing never to forget is everyone is an individual and that show you should treat people no matter what their background.