Independent Arts is committed to providing enjoyable and quality therapeutic arts activities to people in care homes, nursing homes, support centres and specialist residential homes on the Isle of Wight. Our vision is to support and work with staff in providing services to the homes' clients. We are happy to work with homes and centres on an ad hoc basis or to provide a more regular programme.
Nice (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has issued a new quality standard which emphasises the importance of access to meaningful activities for people in residential care.
Booking sessions with Independent Arts can help homes meet that standard.
Independent Arts' Chief Executive Kate Ball says, "We welcome this report from NICE, which demonstrates that providing meaningful activities for residents of care homes should not be seen as an optional extra but an integral component of the care plan."
“We have found the whole experience with Independent Arts hugely worthwhile for our clients. Both the Reminiscence and Music Therapy activity make a massive impact during the sessions, and it is a positive experience for everyone involved."
Manager, Autumn House
"Our residents have always loved the sessions and it gives them something to look forward to and helps us to maintain the high quality of life we wish for our residents. Many thanks for your continued contribution to the ethos of the home."
Manager, Firbank Care Home
"I feel the practitioners that visit our home are very professional and very understanding towards the needs of our service users. There is evidence that clearly suggests service users' mood and behaviour greatly improves after practitioners have visited."
Manager, Fairview Care Home
"After visits, our service users are more content and restful; the interaction is good and stimulating for them as individuals and a group. They open up and we as carers can gain more knowledge about the service user's past. I as manager of Fairhaven would recommend Independent Arts to others."
Manager, Fairhaven Care Home
"When our residents hear the well-known tunes they can't help but sing along. The old tunes remind them of their past and it's not long before they are all tapping their feet and joining in. The sessions leave everyone with a very positive feel-good factor."
Administrator, Old Charlton House
Independent Arts brought the generations together through creative writing, reminiscence, art and a picnic! This delightful work by Dover Park Primary School pupils and residents of Cornelia Heights care home in Ryde is now on display in the conservatory at the care home for residents and their families to enjoy. Find out more.