Residents of Chester care home take part in national arts initiative

RESIDENTS of Belong Chester have embraced the arts as the Dementia Specialist’s new initiative to mark National Arts in Care Homes Day.

For this year’s ‘Field of Flowers’ theme, customers in City Road Village came together for a fun session with a range of pens, pencils and paints to bring their ideas to life. Supported by the dedicated experience team, reminiscence-focused conversations proved popular, with happy moments involving shared flowers and nature including weddings, family visits to parks and gardening accomplishments. Meanwhile, the children from the care village’s integrated nursery had their own take on the project, focusing on autumn flowers for their version.

Erika Armstrong, Experience Coordinator at Belong Chester, explains: “The arts form a large part of our experience program for our clients. The benefits of using creative expression for meaningful occupation are that everyone everyone can participate, regardless of ability, and it provides a sensory experience – rich experiences with a sense of purpose and fulfillment for the creator.”

Promoted by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), National Day of Arts in Nursing Homes is funded by the Baring Foundation and the Rayne Foundation, and is designed to encourage and champion artistic engagement in nursing homes, by emphasizing the benefits to the well-being of everyone involved. .

Residents of Belong Chester took part in National Arts Day in Care Homes.Barbara begins her painting in Belong Chester.

The initiative complements Belong’s care strategy, advocating an active later life, which also includes health and fitness planning with in-house exercise specialists, and networking opportunities with schools and businesses and participate in community projects and events.

Its ongoing four-year relationship with Bluecoat, the contemporary arts center in Liverpool, for example, has seen a number of positive well-being outcomes recognized by academics, as renowned artists work alongside clients of Belong in their homes.

Erika continues, “It was wonderful to be part of the National Day of the Arts in Nursing Homes. Although the arts are already well integrated into our approach to care, we appreciated having the opportunity to participate in this national event. and our customers have loved bringing this theme of the year to life.

“Whether it’s engaging in an activity, enjoying watching an artist, or sharing creative ideas with schoolchildren, we know that the arts play an important role in improving lives by increasing self-esteem and engendering a strong sense of belonging.”

Dora W. Clawson