‘Creative Caring’ art and older people in care action research arts project

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This project is supported by Market Place development commission fund. Market Place is part of the Creative People and Places arts engagement programme for Fenland and Forest Heath, initiated and funded by Arts Council England. Find out more at www.cppmarketplace.co.uk

PROJECT EVALUATION

(SOME INFORMATION HAS BEEN LEFT OUT AS ONLY AVAILABLE TO PROJECT PARTNERS – POSSIBILITY OF SHARING ON REQUEST)

STATS/OUTCOMES to date 7.9.17:

  • We delivered 8 creative sessions with 4 care homes
  • A total of 50 residents participated and 18 staff/carers
  • Oral and written feedback from staff at all 4 homes was extremely positive, all wanted to continue with participatory arts engagement and all recognised the benefit to their residents: increased communication between residents and staff and residents; longer concentration; enhanced hand/eye coordination; increased good humour and heightened mood; anxiety decreased
  • Oral feedback from residents at all 4 homes was extremely positive, all enjoyed the sessions and would like to do more. Many suggested ideas for future sessions
  • Senior staff members in 3 of the 4 homes motivated to go forward with partnership for further funding (1 venue declined due to staff shortages) and would like to embed participatory arts engagement into their care home timetable of activities
  • Staff/carers/volunteers attended the Art Skill Sharing Session from 3 of the care homes

Total of 50 residents and 18 staff/carers/volunteers/family members took part

SELECTION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS FROM STAFF/CARERS ABOUT CREATIVE SESSIONS:

‘3 of the residents had sat still for more than an hour (staff member reported usually only 15 mins), their concentration skills had lasted longer’

 ‘they (residents) interacted as a group and communicated….they felt a sense of achievement’

 ‘they (residents) really enjoyed the interaction and doing something different’

 ‘communicated with each other and helped each other’

 ‘brilliant!’

 ‘everything perfect’

 ‘they haven’t used one before (iPad) and some residents said they would like an iPad and asked the price’

 ‘Carol and Ernie were brilliant they really interacted with the residents and they were really comfortable with them’

 ‘residents were smiling, chatting to each other and concentrating on what they were doing’

 ‘it (iPad session) was different from other activities that we do, all took part’

 All care home staff/carers answered ‘No’ to:  Have you heard of ‘Market Place Fenland and Forest Heath’ or the Creative People and Places Programme of Arts Engagement?

All care home staff/carers answered ‘Yes’ to:  Are the creative sessions something you would like to continue delivering at your setting?

FUNDING SUCCESSFUL!

I am very pleased to announce that our new project ‘Creative Caring’ has been accepted by Market Place Fenland and Forest Heath, part of the Creative People and Places Arts Council Programme for one of their Development Commission projects.

I will be collaborating with Ernie Butler to extend our participatory art in care homes work to Cambridgeshire.  We will be delivering felt making and iPad sessions to provide cognitive stimulation for residents and give us the opportunity to consult with residents, staff, carers and the wider family about their preferences for arts activities.

Participating care homes:

Dovecourt Residential Home, Wisbech

Keneydon House, Whittlesey

Swan House Care Home, Chatteris

Conquest Lodge, March

Free Art Skill Sharing Session

There will be an arts skill sharing session for staff from participating care homes and others working with older adults, this will also be a valuable networking opportunity where staff can share ideas with others.

DATE:                                Friday 1 September 2017

TIME:                                10.00am-12.00pm

LOCATION:                     Dovecourt Residential Home, Kirkgate Street, Wisbech PE13 3QU

WHO FOR:                       Care home staff, carers and others working with older adults

SESSION LEADERS:      ‘Creative Caring’ lead artists Carol Parker and Ernie Butler

FREE PRACTICAL SESSION LED BY TWO EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS SHARING CREATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR CARE HOME STAFF, CARERS AND OTHERS WORKING WITH OLDER ADULTS

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, SESSION WILL BE PLAYFUL AND FUN!

Carol and Ernie have been delivering a 2 week programme of creative sessions in 4 care homes in Fenland market towns that support CQC and NICE Quality Standards. The project has been made possible with funding from Arts Council England.

SESSION CONTENT:

  • We understand you may have limited time and resources and what you really need are more ideas that are hiqh quality and cost effective
  • It will be a very practical ‘hands on’ session so you can explore the materials and practice techniques
  • We will demonstrate a range of art form including 2D, 3D and digital
  • We will show how each can be made accessible for all ability levels
  • We will provide you with an information pack so you won’t have to frantically write up notes!
  • The session will also be a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues in adult care services to share skills and knowledge

Places are limited, if you are interested in attending or require further information, please contact Ernie either by email or phone to reserve a place:  

ernie.butler@gmail.com 07581425722

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photo from previous work in care homes in South Holland and Boston for ‘Lost & Found’

https://lostfound2017.wordpress.com/

Art Skill Sharing Session, Friday 1 September at Dove Court, Wisbech

Many thanks to Dove Court Care Home for providing space and refreshments for our art skill sharing session this morning.  We were joined by 5 staff and carers from 3 of the 4 ‘Creative Caring’ care homes and Catherine Mummery from Market Place.

We shared our experiences from this project and previous ones and were pleased that everyone was keen to continue with art sessions if funding was available.

There was plenty of time for practical, hands on experimenting with printing, clay and iPads; finding out more about ‘Market Place’ from Catherine and networking with colleagues – something they found extremely valuable and currently didn’t have the opportunity to do.

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Week 1 – Thurs 10 August, Keneydon House in Whittlesey and Dovecourt in Wisbech

Feltmaking

Two very different care homes today.  In the morning we visited Keneydon House in Whittlesey; two beautiful Victorian houses within walking distance of the town, with a maximum of 21 service users.

We worked with 6 residents, 1 male and 5 female and were joined by one activity coordinator who is only recently in post.

Comment from Activity Coordinator:

“there was interaction as a group – communication and a feeling of achievement”

In the afternoon we travelled to Dovecourt Care Home in Wisbech, a modern and purpose built care home with a maximum of 76 service users.  Dovecourt has two activity coordinators.

Here we worked with 9 residents, 1 male and 8 female and were joined by two activity coordinators.

Comment from Activity Coordinators:

“three of the residents had sat still for more than an hour, (so) their concentration skills had lasted longer” (the activity coordinator told us at the end of the session that these 3 usually had concentration span of 15 minutes)

We had chosen felt soap for this first activity which engages through smell, touch and sight; the gorgeous perfumes from the soaps, the warm soapy water and felting process and the wonderful array of colourful and extremely soft, wool fibres.

I introduced the materials we’d be working with; soap from Coal Tar to Lavender in various shapes and sizes – the residents chose the size of soap they felt would be most comfortable for them to work with and the perfume they liked best – and colourful Merino wool fibre.

After demonstrating how to wrap the soap in the wool fibre and add wool ‘string’ to tie up and decorate the bundle, Ernie and myself moved round the room helping out where needed.

Encasing the wool wrapped soap in a stocking is a great way to keep all the pieces in place especially when dunking in the warm soapy water!

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Some residents found it easier to work the felt in their hands while others preferred to rub the felt soap onto bubble wrap – Derek liked playing catch with his soap which was a fun way to felt.

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Margaret was a little late coming to the session and was worried she may have missed all the fun. The other residents were happy to sit and chat about their creative interests with Ernie while I worked with Margaret to complete her soap.

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There was a small gap in the felt where the soap was showing, so we patched it up with another piece of yellow wool fibre, popping back into the stocking to felt it in place.

Week 1 – Fri 11 August, Swan House in Chatteris and Conquest Lodge in March

Feltmaking

Such enthusiasm for the arts in Fenland! We have to remind ourselves to take photographs as each session is just so full on….it’s wonderful.

9 residents, 1 member of staff and 1 volunteer at Swan House today and 4 residents and 2 staff at Conquest Lodge.

The first week of care home arts engagment sessions are now completed with a felt making activity in 4 care homes and valuable feedback, opinions, preferences documented.

Next week we’ll be taking 5 iPads from our ‘Lost & Found’ Arts Council funded project and introduce residents to lots of fun and interactive Apps for their second session.

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Week 2 – Thurs 17 August, Keneydon House, Whittlesey and Dovecourt in Wisbech

Introduction to iPads

For our second week of creative sessions we will be familiarising residents with iPads and some interactive Apps.

In the morning session, Keneydon House residents were immediately engaged and eager to try each App introduced to them….there was much giggling which brought attention from a number of staff (who became just as involved as the residents!).

5 residents, 4 staff at Keneydon. 7 residents, 3 staff and 3 carers observing at Dove Court.

For the afternoon’s session at Dove Court, two family members joined us along with the activities coordinator.  All enjoyed Kaliedoscope in particular.

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Week 2 – Fri 18 August at Swan House in Chatteris and Conquest Lodge in March

6 residents and 2 member of staff welcomed us back to Swan House.  Sat in a circle, some in wheelchairs and some in high back chairs, they eagerly started to explore the iPad Apps.  All were immediately engaged although one lady tired quite quickly but was happy to stay and watch the others.

Kate Hall, director of Creative People and Places Market Place stopped by to have a chat with the residents, staff and artists; it was great to be able to introduce the care home’s activity coordinator to the funder of their sessions so they could give feedback.

One lady was wonderfully inquisitive about what else the iPad could do; I took a photo of her and have emailed it to the home so she can put it on her wall.

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Only 4 residents at Conquest Lodge as some from the previous week were unwell and 2 members of staff.  They all really enjoyed the sensory Apps.

I had a lengthy conversation with one resident about his pet dogs, he’d had 3….he also loved the Kaleidoscope App.

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