Facilitating Imagine Arts in residential care homes: the artists’ perspectives

Broome, Emma, Dening, Tom and Schneider, Justine M. (2017) Facilitating Imagine Arts in residential care homes: the artists’ perspectives. Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice . ISSN 1753-3023

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This study explores factors affecting the successful facilitation of a residential arts programme. The aim was to identify barriers and describe how they could be overcome, this was both formative, to help shape the programme, and summative, to inform best practice and future arts interventions.


An exploratory qualitative design examined the views of the artists administering the arts programme.


The data was analysed using thematic analysis. Four main themes were identified; contextual factors, perceiving and responding to needs, facilitating relationships and building confidence.


Findings provide insight into practical aspects of facilitating arts programmes in residential care. Some of the identified barriers may have simple solutions which can easily be incorporated into everyday best practice. This research provides a start for understanding the role of artists within care homes and how they aid the implementation and integration of arts programmes into the care of people with dementia.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/899587
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Arts and Health on 11 December 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17533015.2017.1413399.
Keywords: Dementia, care home, creative arts, art therapies, Alzheimer’s disease
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2017.1413399
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 10:01
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:22
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48530

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