In partnership with Director of We EngAGE Claire Ford, an iPad programme has been developed with artists Lytisha Tunbridge, Graham Elstone and Nicky Colclough working in three care settings.
IPad engAGE primarily focuses on engaging residents in care settings and individuals living with dementia. The main aim is to empower and develop creativity and innovation through the use of iPad Technology and the range of Apps on offer through a person -centred approach, based around being in the present moment and stimulating the imagination. New experiences are created through cross art form experiences, responding to individual’s needs at that given moment.
Initial training sessions delivered by Claire Ford provided good grounding and preparation for the artists and care workers, essential in the planning of high quality workshops with residents.
“Technology and Dementia are two areas that don’t usually go ‘hand in hand’, but we were able to get the full benefit of top expertise. The Imagine programme put together a programme for utilising the ipad within a care home setting to make a range of creative activities available. Claire was able to inform us about the top 50 applications available and instruct us how to use her top 5. Specialist artists also helped to show us how these could be used with various scenarios and they will be working with us and our residents at Park House”.
Julie Elliott, Marketing Manager – Eastgate Care Homes
A series of 10 sessions were delivered with Millbeck House (The Abbeyfield Society), Nottinghamshire Hospice and Park House (Eastgate Care). The final work resulted in exhibitions and a final showcase within each setting on completion of the project.
The Benefits of iPad engage are to enhance and support individuals to the best of their ability. This programme has empowered and supported participants with their confidence in using digital technologies and has increased the digital literacy of the residents that took part. The bespoke approach has enabled cultural inclusion for people living with dementia at all levels. The workshops have inspired and promoted choice through person-centred development with each participant. The iPad’s also have the potential of inspiring new ideas and have supported communication between residents and their families.
This programme has also delivered further iPad training for Activity Co-ordinators and Artists and the production of a Toolkit as a sustainable resource.