Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds I think that the arts can positively influence the relationship between residents and care staff on a daily basis really.
Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds Because the arts is an opportunity for the residents to be themselves and to enjoy their full self to their full capacity, whatever that may be. I think for care staff who are very task driven– there’s an enormous workload– while that’s always a priority, the well-being and the quality of life is equally their responsibility and of interests. And they build relationships. They build personal relationships. And seeing people engaging in arts on their own terms is a very good reminder to everybody that we are actually all equal, and while there’s different needs and there’s different demand being needed. So I think there’s something very, very simple and very powerful that the arts can bring.
Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds And it gives us all– whatever area, field we work on in– gives us all a way– another way, an alternative way to communicate. Music for Life was one of our participatory programmes. It comes on a regular basis through Jewish Care. And on the most recent occasion, we were working with people with more advanced dementia. And the set up within Music for Life is the invitation of eight residents. So we selected eight residents and five staff who would be regular attenders for a period of weeks for an hour session led by three musicians. In terms of relationship between residents and care staff, the care staff knew the residents very well and had good relationships before the project began.
Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds However, I think as it continued, they all observed with surprise, some of the changes, and some of the skills that the residents were sharing. Because we were kind of equal. The carers didn’t have to take care. So they were present along with residents. So it was a– kind of equal. And that’s one of the thing about participatory arts in general, is that equality for– so it’s a shift in the kind of power that we all have. So we’re all empowered to contribute. I would say it does influence the relationship between residents and care staff after the event, because it’s about relationship building. And that kind of experience really enriches that relationship.
Skip to 2 minutes and 58 seconds So even though you may see the residents again, the next day and they’re sitting there quietly as they may have done, or being very demonstrative on another occasion, the very knowledge that you’ve had about the love of music that they’ve shown or how happy that experience made them and how positively they contributed– so that will change the relationship. It kind of enriches it. It deepens it.
How can the arts influence the relationship between residents and care staff?
Janice Galloway, Living Well Team Co-ordinator at Jewish Care, explains how arts-based activities can affect the relationship between care staff and residents within the environment of a residential care home.
Watch this video to hear how arts-based practices allow participants to not only be themselves, but to engage to their own full capacity, whatever level that may be. They also allow care staff, who are often overwhelmed with care duties, to appreciate those for whom they care in a different light, creating a platform for greater patient-carer equality.
CREDITS We would like to extend a special thank you to the following individuals and organisations for providing supplementary footage and images for this video: * Dementia Pathfinders * Alicia Clarke/ Dance for Life.
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