Creative homes: how the arts can contribute to quality of life in residential care

Baring Foundation
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This good practice guide celebrates existing good practice in the use of the arts in residential care and demonstrates the value of art to improving the quality of life for people in care settings. The introduction to the report makes the case for the arts in care homes and how this is integral to the definition of excellence in social care. Next a chapter on the current place of arts in NCF homes describes a survey undertaken at the beginning of 2011. The heart of the report is a series of five good practice case studies from care homes providers and five examples from arts organisations. The report concludes with a series of observations, based on the survey, case studies and other material, on the ingredients for offering exciting art in any care home. The central message is that the arts are for everyone. They delight, inspire and have many health and community benefits for residents, families and friends, and care staff. The report ends with a series of appendices offering practical tips, a directory of resources and sources of further information. (Edited publisher abstract)

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residential care, arts, art therapy, quality of life, older people;
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practice guidance
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