How does art therapy benefit people living with dementia?

Art activities provide a fun, relaxing way to express your creativity, and for people living with dementia they can be particularly valuable, helping to create a sense of purpose and accomplishment which can have long lasting benefits for health and wellbeing.

As dementia develops, communication can become more difficult.  If it becomes a struggle for a person to express their feelings adequately, the result is often stress, anger or even violent outbursts. Creative art activities engage a different area of the brain than the part we use for language so it provides a valuable tool to help people express their thoughts and feelings in a safe way without the need for words. 

Art therapy activities are designed for enjoyment and success and can help create an important sense of accomplishment and purpose. The aim is to set participants up for success –  the emphasis being not on what you can’t do, but on what you can.

Art therapy activities here at Ambleside Care Home, Bexhill

Our regular art therapy sessions here at Ambleside are led by an experienced practitioner with the aim of creating good moments – sparking laughter, smiles and lots of engagement.

Those who have displayed no artistic interest in the past may find an enjoyable new pastime in our guided lessons, and those who have always been artistic will often find comfort in returning to a familiar skill.

How does art therapy benefit people living with dementia?

Art therapy lessons offer a multi-sensory approach that stimulate the brain in a multitude of ways and offer many benefits to our residents including:

  • Enhanced mood and general wellbeing
  • Relieving stress and lessening agitation and anxiety
  • Stimulation of the senses
  • Helping boost fine motor skills and hand eye coordination
  • A sense of purpose and real accomplishment
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem

Find out more about our specialist dementia care services at Ambleside Care Home, Bexhill 

As specialist providers of residential and respite dementia care in Bexhill, we organise regular art therapy sessions for our residents run by a trained and  experienced art therapy practitioner. These sessions form part of our extensive programme of activities that has been designed to help our care home residents stay active, engaged and enjoying the highest possible quality of life. 

If you’re looking for specialist dementia care in Bexhill or the surrounding area for a loved one with dementia contact Ambleside Care Home Bexhill on 01424 400488 to find out  how we could help you.