A variety of artwork created by residents at Link House Care and Nursing Home in Raynes Park has been displayed in a special exhibition and sale of arts and crafts creations. Inspired by the National Day of Arts in Care Homes in September, residents found their work was getting such good feedback they took the opportunity to create an online exhibition to showcase the results of the activities they have been enjoying. The artwork sale raised over £200, which will go towards funding extra activities for residents and more supplies so that they can continue to enjoy their arts projects.
“We’ve been so impressed with the artwork that we thought it deserved a public exhibition, unfortunately, that’s not possible at the moment, so showed the art exhibition on our Facebook page.” Explained Wellbeing and Activities Coordinator Rebekah Maccow, “Family members said it was amazing to see what their loved ones have accomplished and were keen to donate more than the price of some artworks”. Residents created a wide range of art projects in a range of media, from drawings and paintings to painted coasters, decorated crockery, and jewellery.
“We try to show as many of our activities as we can on the Link House Facebook page especially since visiting has been limited due to COVID-19. We have some residents whose families live overseas or a long way from the home, so projects like this are vital to keep a connection between people. Some families have been surprised at what has been achieved, but all have had such a positive reaction to their loved one participating in creative activities.” Said Rebekah.
Arts and crafts have been shown to be beneficial to those living with dementia, providing an opportunity to be creative and an outlet for self-expression. The Activities and Wellbeing Team at Link House Care & Nursing Home encourage people to continue their hobbies and interests and provide opportunities to try new activities too. These are designed to improve wellbeing and provide meaningful opportunities for people to enjoy.
The various art projects at Link House have been a great way to bring people together and give them a chance to socialise, providing mental stimulation. The home has ensured everyone has had the opportunity to participate, including residents who are bed-bound who have been encouraged to join in on a one-to-one basis too.
“All of us at Link House would like to thank the community, families of Link House and friends for supporting us through donations and purchasing residents’ artworks.” Said Home Manager Evelyn Repkovas. “So many people in the home have participated in this project, many of those who live with medical conditions and neurological disorders that can make it challenging, but as you can see ‘Art has no boundaries’."
The arts and crafts continue at Link House as residents enjoy “Latin Heritage Month”, they have been painting Mexican dolls onto butternut squash, singing Latin inspired songs and dancing the Salsa, as well, of course, learning to speak a few words of Spanish.
For more information about Link House Care & Nursing Home please contact Customer Relations Manager Conrad Bool on 07762 410 667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.