A MUSIC therapist has launched his new app in a Salisbury care home, to help residents living with dementia.

Musikind, created by Arash Bazrafshan, helps carers interact with their residents by providing a variety of songs and musical activities that both comfort and stimulate.

The app launched in October and is currently being used in Avonbourne Care Centre.

"I really think music should be embedded into daily care, it has a real impact on a person's wellbeing," explained Arash, who was inspired to begin his career as a music therapist after his own family experiences with the disorder.

The Avonbourne Care Centre team has been using the app to both help residents with their needs and get them involved in music-based activities.

Arash added: "It's amazing how positively people have responded to the app.

"There are different variations of the same pieces of music to suit all types and needs, but because it is updated with fresh music every month it is more accessible than other channels and is constantly evolving."

The Wiltshire-based therapist is hoping to soon take Musikind to other care homes in and around Salisbury, and is also hoping the app will secure the innovation excellence award in the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo in March, held in Birmingham.

Speaking about the nomination he said: "I'm not nervous, the nominations are so different to each other we don't feel competitive, but our effort has been noticed.

"It has been a pleasure making music for [Musikind] and there are so many diverse benefits to it, now I hope it will just continue to grow."

Activities coordinator at Avonbourne, Jane Mealing, has described Musikind as "absolutely imperative and important for the home".

She added: "Arash has been coming here for just four years and the music therapy is essential to residents. This app has given us another level so when he is not here we can carry on his work."