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Nurse-led dignity scheme proves success through art

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A pilot scheme using creative arts as a way to investigate older patient’s experience of dignity in care has proved a success, according to University College London Hospitals.

The programme, organised by consultant nurse for older people Jonathan Webster used art, drama and dance to allow participants to show their feelings about dignity and its importance in a care environment.

‘As the programme continued it was very clear to see how the nurses and older people were learning and working together,’ said Mr Webster. ‘Nurses had to hear about emotionally painful experiences; it helped them to understand the impact that undignified care has on people’s lives.’

‘The programme highlighted the need for there to be a partnership between an older person and the health practitioner, requiring mutual learning, sensitivity and respect,’ he added.

The Foundation of Nursing Studies funded the programme, which was based at Age Concern Islington, London.

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  • I am very interested in this article and wonder where I might access the whole report please?

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  • RGN RMN in Wales.

    I have for some time considered the benefits of taking music and movement into the nursing homes locally as a form of expression and confidence building.
    It is a wonderful medium where people can be transformed so simply, music always has an impact, added to the freedom to move and for self expression within the environement of that music is extremely validating.
    I am considering training as an aerobics instructor for the less able to maximise peoples physical movement and promote their independence even if in some small way.
    We all benefit when we participate in exercise or listen to music so why not the elderly. I can't wait to see the individuality blossoming and growing as older people come to life again and benefit from something fun in their lives which is health giving also.

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