Benefits of Creative Art Therapies In Aged Care Homes

Art, in any capacity, is often therapeutic. It is often the best way to release stress, but more than that, it creates a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment. For our residents, art therapy is highly encouraged to help improve happiness and promote cognitive health.

Art therapy helps our residents to stay in tune with their emotions in a healthy, productive way. It also aids in improving self-esteem and fostering their sense of independence. When conducted in a group setting, art therapy gives residents a chance to socialise and build connections with others as well.

For these reasons, aged care homes use various art-based therapies that suit the resident’s preferences and interests. Other benefits of using creative art therapies in aged care homes are the following.

Stimulates cognitive function

Artistic endeavours are a great way to keep one’s mind sharp and focused. Even simple artistic tasks can help improve cognitive functions and trigger some long-forgotten memories.

Encourages self-expression and communication

Sometimes, words are not enough to express our thoughts. In such situations, art can be a powerful tool to communicate. This is especially helpful for our elderly loved ones who may find solace in visual expression.

Serves as an emotional outlet

Art therapies can help our elderly loved ones ground the participants get more in touch with their emotions. Some forms of art therapy are also shown to help people cope with negative feelings in a healthy way.

Aged care services at Village Glen

Here at Village Glen, we have a lifestyle team of trained diversional therapists who are committed to making every day different and fun for our residents. This includes different creative art therapies and lifestyle activities designed to make the residents’ stay enjoyable and fulfilling.

Art-based activities that residents at Village Glen Aged Care Residences can enjoy include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mosaics
  • Painting
  • Flower arranging
  • Baking
  • Painting by numbers
  • Poetry
  • Singalongs

Other lifestyle activities that can boost their moods include:

  • Walking group
  • Tai Chi
  • Gardening
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Playing pool
  • Carpet bowls
  • Bingo
  • Gentle exercise
  • Singalongs
  • Entertainment
  • Golf putting
  • Movies
  • Word and board games

When investigating aged care homes, it is important to look into the lifestyle component and to ask to see the lifestyle calendar to know what would suit your loved one best.  At Village Glen, we have a lifestyle calendar that is always packed full of activities that residents can enjoy

Are you or a family member looking for aged care services and facilities for your loved ones? Contact Village Glen today for a tour. We also offer options for home care services and retirement living on the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please call us at 03 5986 4422.