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  • 1. Creativity and dementia – policy and practiceDementia in Scotland 2012Thistle Glasgow Hotel18 June 2012 Des Kelly OBE Executive Director National Care Forum
  • 2. Creative Homes - summary1. Arts and excellence in care settings2. What we found3. Sharing best practice4. Inspiration, involvement, motivation
  • 3. 1. Arts and excellence in care settings• NCF published a statement of best practice in person-centred dementia care in April 2007• Co-founder of My Home Life and Members of the DAA• Creative Homes (with NAPA and The Baring Foundation) – Nov 2011
  • 4. Arts and excellence in caresettings
  • 5. Arts and excellence in caresettings“When you have met one person with dementia, you have met one person with dementia.”Professor Tom Kitwood
  • 6. Arts and excellence in careEssential elements of excellence:• Choice and control• Good relationships• Spending time purposefullyAnd…• Organisational and service factors
  • 7. 2. What we found
  • 8. What we found•A wide range of art activity takesplace in the best care homes•In 89% of cases initiated by staff•23% artists and 20% volunteerinvolvement•In 75% of cases dementia-relatedpurpose
  • 9. What we found•33% weekly and 44% 1 to 4 weeks•32% of participants were 100+ years•28% small group work and 8% one-to-one
  • 10. 3. Sharing best practice
  • 11. Sharing best practice“Although good care may be anecessary condition for good quality oflife, it is possible to provide good carewithout residents experiencing goodquality of life.”Edelman et al 2005
  • 12. Sharing best practice• ‘A few of my favourite things’ – the use of film (Central and Cecil)• Partnership and the visual arts (RMBI)• ‘Singing for the brain’ (St Monica)• ‘Tell your story’ (Somerset Care)
  • 13. 4. Inspiration, involvement, motivation
  • 14. Inspiration, involvement,motivation• Art inspires – residents, staff and others• Art for everyday• Multiple benefits• Involving residents, families and friends
  • 15. Inspiration, involvement,motivation• Motivating staff• Links to the community• Changing perceptions of care homes
  • 16. Be careful when making assumptionsThe Guardian, 23 November 2011
  • 17. And finally… “When people not used to speaking are heard by those not used to listening, real changes can be made.”John O’Brien