How can training support high-quality arts in care homes? A reflection on our new report

It is five years since Consilium Research & Consultancy wrote their significant study, What do we know about the arts in the delivery of care? Since then the field has developed considerably and we asked Penny Allen, an experienced practitioner herself, to undertake a rapid review of where we have got to. Penny Allen’s insightfulContinue reading “How can training support high-quality arts in care homes? A reflection on our new report”

An evaluation of group reminiscence arts sessions for people with dementia living in care homes

Frank Keating Laura Cole Robert Grant First Published July 16, 2018                        Research Article                   https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218787655 Article information Abstract Dementia has been identified as one of the major challenges in the 21st Century. The detrimental effects ofContinue reading “An evaluation of group reminiscence arts sessions for people with dementia living in care homes”

I used to, but …

MUSIC is a natural part of life for most children and young people – in school, at home, and in their social lives. Exposure to it and experience of it has huge benefits. But is that the same for looked after children living in residential care? That’s what Creative Scotland wanted to find out. TheContinue reading “I used to, but …”

Arts in care homes – SCIE

Involving people who live in care homes in the creative arts can delight, inspire and even bring health benefits. This resource offers care teams, including activity providers, many practical ideas on how to get started. Written in association with the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), this guidance will show you how to encourage participation inContinue reading “Arts in care homes – SCIE”

Qualitative evaluation of museum resources for care home residents with dementia

Neil Chadborn, Elaine Argyle, Jonathan Coope and Louise Thomson A new reminiscence programme for care home residents with dementia consisted of training for staff and a series of museum resource boxes. We evaluated the intervention using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) of facilitated sessions in five care homes. Here we present qualitative observations of residents andContinue reading “Qualitative evaluation of museum resources for care home residents with dementia”

The role of arts and culture in care homes

In my role as a former principal inspector when looking for best practice in care homes an important consideration of any inspection, was always the range of activities provided for residents. If an inspector when visiting a home is shown to the resident’s lounge and is confronted with an exceedingly loud television with a largeContinue reading “The role of arts and culture in care homes”