Creative arts in care homes – new resource

September 22, 2017

A new resource has been published which gives practical examples of using creative arts in care homes to improve residents' lives.

Creative arts can delight and inspire residents who live in care homes. The new online resource offers practical guidance on how to engage residents in creative arts, such as dance, puppetry and digital arts. The resource offers care teams, including activity providers, many practical ideas on how to get started.

There are lots of examples of how to promote activities in care homes. Being in a choir or sewing in a class can build someone’s confidence as well as their links with others. Providing person-centred care means laying on services which are varied, innovative and meet the needs of individuals; this includes using creative arts. Creative arts in care homes can make a big difference to the lives of residents by supporting them to follow their own interests.

Using arts in care homes can help providers demonstrate that they are addressing two of the Care Quality Commission’s key lines of enquiry (being responsive and caring). Participation in the arts can no longer be regarded as an optional extra. The resource offers lots of inexpensive creative ideas, adaptable for people with different cognitive function, including those at the end of life.

The resource also includes a film featuring Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector for Social Care at the Care Quality Commission explaining how activity has to be inclusive. She says that it needs to be more than a singer visiting, residents need to join in. All of this really helps services to respond to people in a way that it takes residents out of themselves. Andrea highlights that not only is it great for the residents but it’s also good for the staff; they can have a great day at work. And for those who have a loved one living in a care home, it provides reassurance that their days are fulfilling.

The resource was funded by The Baring Foundation and written in association with the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA).

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