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.

Allied Health Programs At Our Aged Care Residences

Village Glen is committed to providing your family with the peace of mind as you entrust your loved ones in our care. As such, we employ highly skilled and experienced professionals in our Allied Health team that devise health programs that play a major part of improving our residents’ quality of life. In line with this, Village Glen incorporates holistic allied health approach at our aged care homes on the Mornington Peninsula.

Maintaining the health and well-being of our clients is our top priority to ensure residents live their lives to the fullest. Our allied health team utilise their expertise to meet our clients’ needs ensuring best quality and reliable service. This may include interventions to reduce the effects of chronic conditions, rehabilitative care to recover from injury or illness and lifestyle strategies and socialisation.

Our allied health team provide a broad range of services dedicated to empowering our clients.

Physiotherapists

Village Glen physiotherapists diagnose and help manage musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiothoracic conditions. They are also able to give advice and information on suitable exercise programs and mobility aids to improve balance and stability. Our physiotherapy programs include pain management to treat chronic pain conditions, walking rehabilitation, balance and falls prevention training and age strong group exercise programs.

Occupational Therapists

Our occupational therapists help with the rehabilitation of skills and movements required to undertake daily activities. They help to ensure that the environment is safe for the elderly, thus minimising hazards and risks of falling or slipping.

Podiatrists: Balanced Care Podiatry

Podiatrists help treat and manage foot conditions which is essential for our elderly with mobility problems. They are essential in maintaining mobility as well as in managing other medical conditions like arthritis and diabetes. Here at Village Glen, podiatry services are provided regularly every 6 weeks, and further visits can be arranged as required.

Speech Pathologists: Peninsula Speech Therapy

If the patient requires assistance in speaking or swallowing, our speech pathologists are here to help. Speech pathology services are provided at Village Glen by appointment as required. Our speech pathologists are qualified to diagnose and manage communication disorders that may include difficulties in speaking and listening.

Dietitians: Eat Well Nutrition

The dietician team Village Glen works with help improve health and nutrition by devising nutritional strategies in order to treat or manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, overweight and obesity, cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies and intolerances. Our dietitian services are provided by appointment as required.

Optometrists: Healthcare 2 You

When encountering sight and vision problems, our optometrists are here to provide assistance. They prescribe spectacles and lenses to manage and treat eye conditions such as dry eye. They are also trained to assist in screening for cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma amongst other eye diseases.

Hearing Australia: Rosebud

We become more prone to hearing problems as we age. Here at Village Glen, we address that through the Hearing Australia program. For eligible residents, government-funded services include hearing assessments and hearing aid fittings, home visit service for those unable to travel due to medical conditions, and repair and maintenance of hearing devices and supply of batteries, for a low annual fee. There is also follow-up for those requiring ongoing care and advice as well as rehabilitation programs to effectively manage hearing loss.

Dentists: Mobile Dental Clinics Australia

Here at Village Glen, we also protect our residents’ smiles, not only metaphorically by also literally. Our dentists provide a range of dental and oral health treatments to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Dentist services are provided regularly every 6 months on site, and further visits can be arranged as required.

Looking for a trusted aged care home?

Are you or a loved one considering aged care homes? Village Glen is happy to help you out. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities. We also offer options for retirement villages on the Mornington Peninsula. For enquiries, please give us a ring at 03 5986 4422.