Creative supports for Care Homes
What are creative supports for care homes?
Building on the Artist in Residence in a Care Setting, we are developing creative supports for care settings in order to ensure easier access to the arts for the residents and visitors of those settings. This initiative also supports the needs of care home staff in developing new activities for the residents and visitors.
How does it work?
We work on various means of supporting arts and creative needs within care settings. The Arts and Creative Toolkit for Care Settings is an initiative being developed in 2020 which aims to create a one stop shop ideas/activities document and accompanying artists’ videos for use in care settings.
How can I get involved?
This initiative is in development. We are also keen to hear from you if you have identified a need in relation to creative supports for care homes (contact below). To keep updated on this work, sign up to our newsletter.
ORGANISATION & ART PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT : To support and inform arts organisations (and sometimes non-arts organisations) who work with or wish to work with older people and to raise the standard of arts practice more generally in the area of the arts and older people.
We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.
Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:
- mental wellbeing
- reduced stress
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- reduced boredom.