Key learning points in the report:
Supportive, high-quality leadership is critical to the success of creative initiatives and their influence on organisational culture in care settings.
Partnership working between the cultural, health and adult education sectors should support the development of imaginative day services for older people.
The importance of developing artists' networks to share ideas and best practice is essential for the growth of the sector.
There is a need for 'shadowing' opportunities and more formal training opportunities for artists working in the field.
There is a need for longer-term artists' residencies in care homes rather than traditional two-hour weekly sessions, with an emphasis on involving managers, staff team and residents ' a 'whole home' approach.
Care staff training needs to incorporate creative approaches and the role of activities co-ordinators needs to be elevated, with a clear path to continued professional development.
Better advocacy is required to raise the profile of the work.
There is huge potential for delivering multi-sensory, multi art form approaches to support the quality of life for people living with dementia in care homes and this needs cross sector training.
Creative and artistic initiatives should be used for care staff self-care to help staff retention.