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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 specifically supports the needs of care home staff in developing new activities for the residents and visitors.

How does it work?

The Arts and Creative Toolkit for Care Settings, launched in 2021, is designed for use by managers and staff, in particular care setting creative activity coordinators, as well as non-arts professionals interested in arts in care contexts. It is informed by our work over many years to ensure meaningful engagement in care settings and make the arts and creativity intrinsic to care.

The Toolkit is intended to provide straightforward advice, knowhow and useful videos for people who want to bring more creative activities into care settings and get the most out of working with artists. It is our aim to profoundly enhance the lives of the residents and attendees of care settings around Ireland and beyond.

As we continue to develop other supports we will include them here.

How can I get involved?

Read our Toolkit for Arts & Creativity in Care Settings here.

If you work in a care setting and would like to request a hard copy, please contact us.

 

What is National Arts in Nursing Homes Day?

Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, in partnership with Nursing Homes Ireland invites care homes and day care settings around Ireland to participate in National Arts in Nursing Homes Day.

On the third Friday of May each year, as part of the Bealtaine Festival, we invite you to showcase the wonderful creative activity taking place in your nursing home or day care service either through planning an activity that takes place on that day or exhibiting work already made in a special way. We also encourage you to invite family and friends to join you at some point in the day (be that in person or virtually).

How does it work?

Of course we know that creative activity happens throughout the year but we encourage you to schedule a special creative activity on the third Friday in May. By focusing on one day, we hope to garner more public attention for this wonderful work.

Whether you would like to focus on one activity or pack the day with different workshops, performances and exhibitions, there is lots to choose from. Why not canvas your residents and see if there is something new they would like to try their hand at, or look through our Toolkit for Arts & Creativity in Care Settings for ideas.

Check out our leaflet for loads of ideas for your National Arts in Nursing Homes Day.

How can I get involved?

Plan your National Arts in Nursing Homes Day, on the third Friday each May, with the help of our leaflet and resources.

You can also register your event on our Bealtaine website.

After that we would love you to share your images with us on social media. Use the hashtag #ArtsInNursingHomesDay.

 

Contact

For information or support, speak to our Arts team.
 01 805 7713
 arts@ageandopportunity.ie

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.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

The Gathering

An event bringing together our local and national Bealtaine Festival partners for a day of networking, inspiration, discussion and feedback on the festival. Find out more.

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Focus Groups

We are working with a number of groups to ensure our work is collaborative and inclusive. Find out more here.

Artists’ Professional Development Training

Providing continuing professional development and training for artists’. Find out more.

Artists' Residencies

This opportunity creates access to the arts for older people in care settings as well as supporting artists working in care settings. Find out more here.

Supporting Networks and Best Practice

This initiative aims to support organisations and artists who work with older people and to promote best practice. Find out more.

Access

We are working to ensure our events and initiatives, and those outside the organisation, are as accessible as possible. Find out more.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more.

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

Creative supports for Care Homes

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. Find out more.

Arts and Creative Charter for Older People

Our charter aims to raise the standard of arts practice in relation to older people and to create confidence in relation to participating in the arts. Find out more.

Research

We are working to ensure our programmes and initiatives are informed and driven by best practice Find out more.

Arts Initiatives:

Access

We are working to ensure our events and initiatives, and those outside the organisation, are as accessible as possible. Find out more.

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Artists' Residencies

This opportunity creates access to the arts for older people in care settings as well as supporting artists working in care settings. Find out more here.

Creative Exchanges

QQI Level 6 Training Course which trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Azure

Azure explores how people with dementia-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and the people who care for them, can have a deeper involvement in cultural institutions and can participate in cultural activities. Find out more.

The Gathering

An event bringing together our local and national Bealtaine Festival partners for a day of networking, inspiration, discussion and feedback on the festival. Find out more here. Find out more.

Focus Groups

We are working with a number of groups to ensure our work is collaborative and inclusive. Find out more here.

Artists’ Professional Development Training

Providing continuing professional development and training for artists’. Find out more.

Supporting Networks and Best Practice

This initiative aims to support organisations and artists who work with older people and to promote best practice. Find out more.

Creative supports for Care Homes

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. Find out more.

Arts and Creative Charter for Older People

Our charter aims to raise the standard of arts practice in relation to older people and to create confidence in relation to participating in the arts. Find out more.

Research

We are working to ensure our programmes and initiatives are informed and driven by best practice Find out more.

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:

  • happiness
  • mental wellbeing
  • reduced stress
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence
  • reduced boredom.

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE website Link to Sport Ireland website Link to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website