Enriching everyday life – the impact of creative engagement at Aria Care

In celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Day this April, we’re keen to highlight our Wellbeing and Activity Teams who bring vibrancy and warmth to our communities. These extraordinary individuals craft daily experiences that enrich the lives of our residents, each with their unique needs, from dementia care to nursing and respite services. Their work, driven by empathy, creativity, and enthusiasm, shows our care from the heart ethos in action and enhances the quality of life for those in our care.

Pamela Sharman, Activities and Wellness Lead at Dormy House Care Home, shares insights into the varied nature of here work:

“Planning activities for residents can be very satisfying, as everyone has different capabilities. You know you’re getting it right when they recognise you with a smile. Offering new and innovative ways for them to participate in a variety of activities without any pressure is key. It’s incredibly rewarding when residents surprise themselves with a craft they’re proud to showcase. A memorable moment for me was when a daughter couldn’t believe her father could take up art in his later years, something he now greatly enjoys. She even had a photograph of his artwork printed onto a canvas for her living room.

Several of our residents find joy in armchair yoga, quizzes, and board games. Their intelligence is truly inspiring. I love bringing residents together with live entertainment, seeing their smiles, and hearing them join in song. This morning, a resident gave me a big bear hug in reception – what a wonderful welcome back after my day off! The joy and laughter we share makes everything worthwhile. Our care home thrives on teamwork, and seeing our carers participate in activities too is a joy.”

Echoing Pam’s sentiments, Raquel Pena Aristizabal, Wellbeing Lead at Thames View Care Home, highlights the community spirit fostered through creativity:

“Every single day, we feel we’re creating something special. Engaging residents in activities like baking or arts and crafts, or gathering everyone for ‘The Music Club’, brings us closer as a team and a community. Relatives, volunteers, and visitors see the special bond we share. The laughter and joint efforts remind us of the rewarding nature of our work. Since becoming a Wellbeing Lead, I haven’t felt like I’ve worked a single day. Coming to work is a joy, and the best part of my job is the sense of community we build every day.”

These heartfelt insights from Pam and Raquel provide a glimpse into the dedication and passion of our Wellbeing and Activities Teams. Their work goes beyond organising events – it’s about providing a space where every resident feels included, respected, and able to express their individuality. By fostering an environment of creativity and innovation, they not only enhance our residents’ quality of life but also strengthen the bonds within our communities.

Empowering lives through creative activities

Keeping our residents active and engaged is at the core of our commitment to enhancing their quality of life. Engaging elderly people in a variety of activities has profound benefits, both mentally and physically, contributing to a more fulfilling and vibrant daily life. These activities can enhance cognitive function with arts and crafts, music, and even light exercise stimulating the brain and generating a sense of accomplishment and joy in their achievements, offering a real meaning to their daily lives.

The autonomy gained through participation in varied activities can boost self-esteem and confidence, because residents who enjoy being creative or discovering new hobbies, feel a renewed sense of purpose and identity. This emotional uplift is crucial for their overall wellbeing, contributing to a more positive outlook on life.

Importantly, these activities also provide peace of mind for families and friends, as they see their loved ones thriving, engaging, and forming new friendships. At Aria Care we believe that people can live their life to the fullest, even in their later years. Therefore, our dedication to promoting an environment of creativity, innovation, and inclusivity, ensures that our residents not only receive the care they need but also enjoy the quality of life they deserve.