Music was the miracle that helped 82-year-old Michael Cox after he suffered a stroke last year. As a musician himself and member of the famous ‘John Barry 7’ band, Michael turned to his trusty clarinet when he struggled to communicate his thoughts and feelings from his hospital bed after having the stroke. Despite struggling to talk or walk, the grandfather of one was still able to pick up his clarinet and livened up the hospital wards by playing his favourite jazz tunes to all the nurses.
Musical Matching– the Home Instead Way
Turning to music helped Michael with his recovery and he now loves to play his favourite jazz songs with his Home Instead CAREGiver Emma White. Emma, who herself studied Music Production at university, and Michael make for a harmonious fit due to their shared passion for music. It is this bespoke matching between CAREGivers and clients which Home Instead prides itself on.
The pair have a weekly musical session as part of a companionship visit which means that wife Eileen can be sure that Michael is able to enjoy what he loves most and live life well with the help of his Home Instead companion. Emma also learns a thing or two from Michael herself!
Michael’s Musical Life
“Music has always been a huge part of Mike’s life,” said wife Eileen. “From when his dad bought him his first clarinet aged 16, he loved everything about music.”
Michael was an active member of the John Barry 7 which was run by the BAFTA-award winning composer behind the well-known James Bond intro sequence.
Michael and Eileen, who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together, have travelled all over Europe with Michael’s job in the band. As part of the John Barry 7, Michael appeared on shows such as ‘Oh Boy!’ – the first teenage all-music show on British TV. He later went on to form his own band in 1966 called ‘The Mike Cox Sound’ which released an album with Pinewood soundtracks.
In later years, Michael put his musical knowledge into practice teaching as a Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music.
“When Michael plays music, he is happy and that makes me happy. That’s what makes our Home Instead CAREGiver Emma so perfectly matched. He loves his weekly companionship visit which is important for us both to enjoy life to the full.”