Faithful Friends
Nursing Home Ministry

Music In Nursing Home Ministry

Music is an integeral part of ministering to the elderly in nursing homes. We have found that music has a way of lifting their hearts and their spirits, and seems to reach even the most distant souls. Many residents have grown up in the church, with its rich music background and others will identify with songs from their generation, both religious and secular. We have found that some songs are easy to sing even when the musician doesn't show. Other songs are very well recieved by the residents, and at times they sing along even though they may have trouble with ordinary conversation. We would like to share our favorites.

Visit our Hymn Based Devotional Page for assistance in implementing hymns in your program.

NewWe have been given permission by Rev. Diana McMahan of Musical Medicine to make available for FREE on our web site her top selling CD "Heavenly Assurance". On this CD Diana sings reassuring hymns with a gentle harp background. She also includes scripture with embedded prayers. You may download this CD for FREE at our Download Web Page. We pray that it may be a blessing to both you and the residents you serve. You can purchase other products from Musical Medicine at the CD Baby Website.

Favorite Old Traditional Hymns:

  1. How Great Thou Art
  2. Amazing Grace
  3. Blessed Assurance
  4. In The Garden
  5. Battle Hymn of the Republic
  6. Jesus Love Me
  7. The Old Rugged Cross
  8. I Love to Tell the Story
  9. Soon and Very Soon
  10. Just As I Am
  11. Shall We Gather at the River
  12. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
  13. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
  14. Oh, How I Love Jesus

Contemporary Praise Songs

Note: These songs can involve both hand and foot movements. It is a great way to allow the residents to get some much needed exercise and get them involved at the same time.

  1. If You are Happy and You Know It
  2. Do Lord, Oh Do Lord
  3. Give Me Oil in my Lamp
  4. Joy, Joy, Joy
  5. He's Got the Whole World
  6. Share a Little Bit of Your Love
  7. This is the Day
  8. When the Saints Go Marching In
  9. This Little Light of Mine
  10. Peace Like a River
  11. Rise and Shine
  12. Pass It On
  13. I'm in the Lord's Army
  14. Deep and Wide
  15. What a Mighty God We Serve
  16. The Wise Man Built His House Upon a Rock
  17. This is the Day the Lord Has Made

Oldies But Goodies-Secular Songs

  1. You are My Sunshine
  2. Heart of my Heart

The traditional hymns go with well with piano accompaniment, while the praise songs are best supported by guitar. Below are some links to several websites involving Christian music. If you need help finding information on any songs listed or would like to suggest some of your favorites, please use the form below.

Here Are Some Christian Music Links:

Christian Hymns:

Recommended Music Ministry Resources:

"Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!"

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Faithful Friends Nursing Home Ministry
Larry & Sandy Wasserman
Raleigh, NC
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