Each breath is valuable: an evaluation of an arts in care homes programme

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Dix A, Gregory T, Harris J

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Baring Foundation

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The Arts in Care Homes programme was a joint funding initiative with the Arts Council England (2013-2016) to explore models of professional arts practice with and for older people in care homes over three years. This report gives a helpful typology of the models for arts in care homes: commercial; consortium; care home-led and artist development.
Four programmes are evaluated in this report:
@Home: a commercial subscription model led by We Do in Huddersfield
Home Service: a consortium model, originally led by Arts in Health Cornwall and then by Creative Kernow
Imagine: a care home led model, led by the Abbeyfield Society in partnership with City Arts Nottingham and Nottingham City Council
Making of Me: an artist development model, let by The Courtyard, Hereford working first with Shaw Healthcare and the Order of St John in Gloucester and Oxford.

Evidence Type: Non-Randomised Evaluation

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Dix, A., Gregory,T., Harris,J. (2018).Each breath is valuable: an evaluation of an arts in care homes programme. UK: The Baring Foundation.