Organizations serving elders learn to infuse creative engagement into programming and build community with powerful creative projects. Become a "Creative Community of Care!"
Your staff will be trained in our method and learn joyful and easy ways to integrate creativity into their daily interactions and tasks, enriching their relationships with the elders they work with. Ideal for any organization serving older adults - libraries, museums, day centers, nursing homes, senior centers, meals on wheels, and volunteer programs. Training for a single organization (without an Artist in Residence) is $3,500, and includes:
Consulting with a Master Trainer
Open access to online training
Video to introduce the training to your full community
Certifying an In-House trainer to ensure sustainability
Mapping the Creative Assets of your community
Learning to form partnerships
Creating a Celebration Event plan
Certifying 6 staff members
Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center is one of the 12 Signature HealthCARE nursing homes becoming a Creative Community of Care through the I Won't Grow Up project. Artist in Residence Bob Martin is working with Quality of Life Director and staff to invite creative expression from residents, and engage families and volunteers in this inspiring project. Questions explored at Rockcastle included: “What are the sounds, feelings, tastes, games and sights of childhood? and adulthood?”
Creative Care by Anne Basting
TimeSlips Founder and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Anne Basting, pioneers a radical change in how we interact with older loved ones, especially those experiencing dementia, as she introduces a proven method that uses the creative arts to bring light and joy to the lives of elders. Order now!
Oh my goodness - the JOY and DELIGHT of the whole shared creative process is so uplifting - who can stop smiling? It affects everyone and ripples out.
The biggest high point for me is, I have one resident that doesn't come out of her room much, so I do a room visit with her and when I visit she will ask me if I brought a story picture. Storytelling has helped bring her out of her shell, and it's something that she enjoys.
One of the participants proudly stated ‘I can’t remember, but here I can imagine’, which I found an incredibly moving testament to the power of this programme.
Having a master trainer to work directly with has been a real gift.
When I read their stories back to them, the residents’ faces light up. Thank you for developing such a wonderful way to foster creativity!!! It’s very fulfilling for the seniors and very rewarding for me!!!
As part of our mission to make creative engagement available to all, our Creativity Center is free to use without training. We think the training will be enormously helpful - but it’s not required.
Just click on Org Training in Services (or here). We offer fully online or in-person training.
There is some nice, solid research out there now telling us that yes, this kind of creative engagement has significant impact on the lives of people with dementia. See our impact page for more details.
That’s up to you! Training simply means you completed the online training. Certification assures you that you have successfully transitioned from training to practice. Why Certify? Certification:
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