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SPARKS! Art for Wellness Toolkit (Full Kit)

This Toolkit features a selection of 20 art activities using a range of techniques that were designed by artists for the Community Care sector’s inaugural Arts Residency (October 2017-January 2018). The pilot was held under the auspices of the AIC Wellness Programme and was a joint initiative by the Agency for Integrated Care and the National Arts Council.

Click here to access the toolkit. 


​The AIC Wellness Programme looks beyond clinical needs to enhance seniors’ wellbeing and quality of life through activities such as Sensory Art, Creative Movement, Tai Chi and Gardening. 

Many clients in Nursing Homes and Senior Care Centres have benefitted from this Programme; developing new interests and skills, and forging new friendships along the way. ​

Through the AIC Wellness Programme, participating Community Care organisations can: 
• Increase their range and access to quality recreational/ social programmes for their clients; and 
• Expose clients to new activities to help foster new skills, interests and meaningful engagement. 

The Programme’s evidence-based activities have been piloted and undergone evaluation to ascertain their effectiveness. The activities are suitable for clients who are assessed to be a Category 3 using the Resident Assessment Form (RAF). 

As part of the AIC Wellness Programme, your staff will undergo training to carry out the activities with clients at your Nursing Home or Centre. They will also be given resources such as activity guides.

Your clients may: 
• Display greater cheerfulness or positive emotions 
• Gain interest in new activities, or rekindle an earlier interest 
• Experience increased confidence, self-esteem and sense of accomplishment 
• Display signs of an improved memory 
• Interact more with peers and your staff 

Your staff would be able to: 
• Learn more about, and understand, your clients better 
• Improve their observation skills 
• Build stronger rapport with each other and their clients 

​1. ARTS – “Sensory Art” (Visual Art)


Co-developed by Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and National Arts Council (NAC), “Sensory Art” explores art making from an occupational therapy perspective. 

Research has shown that sensory art activities are effective in engaging Community Care clients and enhancing social interaction.  

Community Care staff will be equipped with knowledge of how art-making can stimulate the senses (through the art material, textures, sounds produced, hand movements and visual stimulation). They will also get hands-on practice and tips on how to adapt the activities for their clients. 

Staff will receive the following resources as part of their training: 
• Basic Training – Discover the activities! 
• Step-by-Step Activity Toolkit 

 Please contact us at quality@aic.sg for more details of the course.


2. ARTS – “Everyday Waltzes for Active Ageing” (Creative Movement)

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“Everyday Waltzes for Active Ageing” adapts everyday actions into creative movement to enhance clients’ mobility, sensory experience and imagination. It aims to facilitate social interaction and mind-body connection to improve wellbeing. 

Community Care staff will be equipped with facilitation skills and content to run this creative movement activity. Find out more information about this activity by viewing this video

Staff will receive the following resources as part of their training: 
• Basic Training – Discover the activities! 
• Coaching – Showcase what you’ve learnt! 
• Step-by-Step facilitation manual, Instructional videos and specially composed music 

Please contact us at quality@aic.sg for more details of the course.


​3. PHYSICAL LEISURE – “Tai Chi for Health”

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Tai Chi assists clients to improve their physical fitness, joint and muscle strength. It also helps with their range of motion and posture, relieving pain, promoting concentration and providing relaxation. Developed by an Australia-based physician and Tai Chi practitioner, this activity has been implemented in a range of healthcare organisations in Australia, USA, South Korea and the United Kingdom. It has received favourable mention in the USA by the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention and the Administration on Ageing as an exercise that can prevent falls and as a good evidence-based activity for promoting health and wellness for older adults. Sessions are led by an experienced Tai Chi Master Trainer. 

Community Care staff will be equipped with knowledge about how Tai Chi can positively impact health and learn through hands-on practice on how to facilitate the Tai Chi movements. 

Staff will receive the following resources as part of their training: 
• Basic Training – Discover the activities! 
• Coaching – Showcase what you’ve learnt! 
• Step-by-Step Tai Chi Manual, Tai Chi Warm-Up and Tai Chi Steps Guide as well as training videos 

Participants who complete the training will receive a Tai Chi trainer certification that is valid for two years. This certification is renewable. 

Please contact us at quality@aic.sg for more details of the course. 


4. PHYSICAL LEISURE - “Social and Therapeutic Horticulture”



Gardening-related activities can help improve muscle strength and fine motor skills, stimulate senses through textures, tastes and smells, and offer opportunities for socialising and learning of new skills. The content for the toolkit was developed in collaboration with AIC by students from Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NYP) School of Health Sciences’ Occupational Therapy programme. 

Community Care staff will be equipped with knowledge on gardening and how to meaningfully facilitate gardening-related activities with their clients. The workshops are conducted by gardening experts and an Occupational Therapist. 

Staff will receive the following resources as part of their training: 
• Basic Training – Discover the activities! 
• Step-by-Step Activity Toolkit 

Please contact us at quality@aic.sg for more details of the course.  


5. MUSIC – “Rhythm Wellness” (Drumming)



“Rhythm Wellness” is an expressive, stimulating drumming activity for clients to promote coordination and focus, enhance their muscle strength, and enables communication and teamwork through different exercises. 

Community Care staff will be equipped with knowledge on drumming, and how to meaningfully facilitate the programme with clients. 

Staff will receive the following resources as part of their training: 
• Basic Training – Discover the activities! 
• Facilitation Guidebook, programme notes and instructional videos 

AIC and the National Arts Council commissioned a professional drumming organisation to develop this training course for the Community Care sector. The programme will be conducted by an experienced teaching artist who has facilitated many drumming circles.  

Please contact us at quality@aic.sg for more details of the course.  

Courses are open to all Community Care staff. 

Participants should be comfortable in conducting group activities and be able to give instructions in simple English. 

 A minimum of two staff are required to attend the courses to ensure programme sustainability.

Training subsidies are available for eligible Community Care organisations.

Please contact us at quality@aic.sg for more details or visit AIConnect.