Unlocking Neil’s love of art with art therapy
Art therapy and painting plays a huge and very important role for 74 year old budding artist, Neil, but it hasn’t always been that way. Neil’s journey with mental health issues helped unlock his love of art, and it now means the world to him.
Art therapy is just one of our aged care activities that gives Neil, a resident at a Whiddon aged care home, purpose and helps him to relax, connect with others and feel a real sense of accomplishment. His masterpieces are impressive and are enjoyed not only by Neil, but by other residents, staff and visitors to the care home.
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Neil loves attending art classes and is quite often the first to arrive and the last to leave.
For staff, seeing Neil express himself through painting and experience such joy and achievement is incredibly rewarding. Care staff like Jane have supported Neil to have art and painting as a focus in his life, encouraged him to grow his skills, try new things and celebrate his work.
Neil’s artwork is proudly displayed around the care home; in the offices of many staff members, in his own and other resident’s rooms, and many staff have even been gifted pieces that now have pride of place in their own homes.
Art therapy has shown to boost wellbeing. It allows for creative expression, can build self-esteem and reduce anxiety, stress and depression. It can also help to improve cognition and physical capability. For Neil, it has made a huge difference and has helped him with his journey. Art therapy is just one of the aged care activities we offer, learn more about our creative ageing programs.