These programs go way beyond the typical arts and crafts activities. They're designed to stimulate and challenge while providing a peaceful space for personal growth.
I have a mobile trolley. There is no rattle and clink of pill bottles and medications, but it is stacked with colours, textures, sounds and smells. It is a vehicle of motivation, inspiration and hope.
The creative arts programs are suitable for educational, healthcare, corporate and community environments. They can be offered one-on-one or in groups.
The best part is that no previous drawing skills are needed!
The philosophy and structure underpinning these programs Using an empathic design approach, the programs are fully customisable from concept and development, through to the facilitation and evaluation. It takes observation, understanding and immersion in the culture the client/organisation and their staff or residents. This helps to ensure the program design aligns with the values and ethics of organisational standards and provide the best possible experience for the end-user.
The programs are grounded in extensive research on art and dementia, but can be adapted to suit a broad range of cognitive and physical abilities.
These professionally designed programs go beyond the typical art and craft activities offered in community settings. They provide quality materials and challenging activities appropriate for the relevant cognitive and physical capabilities of the individual or group. This opens the door to exciting opportunities for learning new life skills and cultivating personal growth.
The disadvantaged and vulnerable especially benefit from the social interaction, connection and communication, which encourages a sense of belonging and purpose.
My research found the carefully constructed activities, which explored self-discovery and self-expression, fostered self-esteem, self-confidence and self-acknowledgement.
The programs are designed for enjoyment, pleasure and inclusiveness and have the potential to empower the individual with autonomy and voice - which ultimately leads to their emotional health and wellbeing.
If you are wanting to implement an arts program to promote wellbeing in your nursing home, school or workplace, I'd love to discuss your idea.
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