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Challenges and enablers for creative arts practice in care homes

Evans, Simon ORCID:, Garabedian, Claire ORCID:, Bray, Jennifer ORCID: and Gray, Karen (2019) Challenges and enablers for creative arts practice in care homes. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 10 (3). pp. 333-345. ISSN Print: 2040-2457 Online: 2040-2465

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This article reports on the experiences of artists working in UK care homes across residencies that focused on poetry, dance and drama. Data were collected from reflective diaries and focus group discussions to explore the key challenges when working in settings that can be unfamiliar, complex and disruptive. We also describe a range of strategies that artists developed in response to these challenges (enablers), and how this supported successful delivery of their sessions. We conclude that artists need time and support to understand and adapt to the complexity of care homes, and conclude that ultimately the overarching culture of a care home is the key determinant of how successfully artists can facilitate the engagement of residents with meaningful creative activities. Experience of working with people living with dementia can be particularly valuable, as can knowing how to facilitate participation by residents with a range of sensory, physical and cognitive impairments.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: creative arts, care homes, dementia, poetry, dance, music
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Simon Evans
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 11:33
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2020 01:00

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