As the age of care home residents is on the rise, care homes are always looking to find ways to increase paticipatory programmes and engage residents.
Jewish Care is the UK's largest health and social care organisation, and pushes to ensure that every resident can live a dignified, meaningful life that includes getting them invovled in the creative arts.
Jewish Care’s director of care and community services, Neil Taylor explains, “Our vision is to create a care community here that isn’t just about the people living here or visiting a day centre, it’s about encouraging families, staff and volunteers from the local community to connect with one another creatively and enrich lives and relationships.
Our creative arts programmes are stimulating relatives, volunteers and care staff to join our residents, taking part in future meaningful creative activities together.”
Jewish Care have offered a range of interactive events and programmes to keep their residents on their toes.
Colourscape is a large walk-in sculpture of pure colour installed in the gardens of Jewish Care’s Princess Alexandra Home in Stanmore. It was the headline act at the charity’s summer arts festival for residents across all Jewish Care homes who participated along with their families and carers.
Designed and built by artists living in Wales, led by Peter Jones and Lynne Dickens, Colourscape structures have been shown as walk-in sculptural installations at arts festivals and events throughout the world designed to explore colour, music art and nature.
‘Portrait of a Dream’ saw leading intergenerational arts specialist ‘Magic Me’ connect drama students together with nursing and care home residents in a collaborative photography project.
Residents, relatives and carers have also developed new iPad animation projects with partners Salmagundi Films, made possible by funding from The Nathanson Trust. The films animated their favourite objects and told stories from their lives, narrated by the residents.