Providers up and down the country have been marking the National Day of Arts in Care Homes which takes place today.
London based Central and Cecil (C&C) has been holding a series of events at its four care homes, including a singalong led by husband and wife Rob and Val Booking in the gardens of Compton Lodge in Camden (pictured).
Sharon Bye, Director of Care at Central and Cecil (C&C), said: “After what has been a challenging couple of years it is so heart-warming to again be able to bring live performances to our residents. There are a whole host of benefits associated with residents enjoying cultural experiences together, and C&C prides itself in having a bustling events and activities schedule to enable residents to be active, creative and entertained.”
Exemplar Health Care, a leading provider of specialist nursing care for adults living with a range of complex and high acuity needs, is encouraging its residents to express their creativity in conjunction with today’s celebration.
Residents across Exemplar Health Care homes have been participating in a variety of arts and crafts projects such as painting, drawing, jewellery making, and textile craft-making.
Sophia Feurtado, Exemplar Health Care’s Service User Engagement Manager, said: “Creativity and artistic expression can have a huge impact on our residents’ wellbeing and quality of life. Art encourages people to be independent, supports their identity, aids lifelong learning and helps to build friendships.
“Our amazing teams have continued to provide our residents with meaningful and unique experiences. For many people who live in our homes, life can be different, but that doesn’t mean that they should stop doing the things that they enjoy. It means the world to us when we see residents improve their social interactions and sense of inclusion.”
Leading care home operator, Four Seasons Health Care Group, is marking the day with its first major collaboration with arts in health charity Paintings in Hospitals.
The Beautiful Planet project will provide a range of art activities to over 160 care homes and communities across the UK.
As part of the project, 8,800 residents of Four Seasons Health Care and brighterkind homes will be able to view artworks from the Paintings in Hospitals collection both physically and digitally via screens and tablets. Residents will then have the chance to explore the imagery, techniques and inspirations found in the artworks first-hand through a suite of new engagement activities.