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