Creativity and dementia – policy and practice


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Creativity and dementia – policy and practice

  1. 1. Creativity and dementia – policy and practiceDementia in Scotland 2012Thistle Glasgow Hotel18 June 2012 Des Kelly OBE Executive Director National Care Forum
  2. 2. Creative Homes - summary1. Arts and excellence in care settings2. What we found3. Sharing best practice4. Inspiration, involvement, motivation
  3. 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. 4. Arts and excellence in caresettings
  5. 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. 6. Arts and excellence in careEssential elements of excellence:• Choice and control• Good relationships• Spending time purposefullyAnd…• Organisational and service factors
  7. 7. 2. What we found
  8. 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. 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. 10. 3. Sharing best practice
  11. 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. 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. 13. 4. Inspiration, involvement, motivation
  14. 14. Inspiration, involvement,motivation• Art inspires – residents, staff and others• Art for everyday• Multiple benefits• Involving residents, families and friends
  15. 15. Inspiration, involvement,motivation• Motivating staff• Links to the community• Changing perceptions of care homes
  16. 16. Be careful when making assumptionsThe Guardian, 23 November 2011
  17. 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