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Calling all artists keen on working with nursing home residents in the Community Care sector! 

The Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) and National Arts Council (NAC) are collaborating to pilot a new Arts Residency in the Community Care sector. We are seeking 5 individual visual artists (or collectives) across various media looking for the opportunity to engage nursing home residents through the arts. 

During this pilot, practising artists will be assigned to participating nursing homes to work directly with residents, providing opportunities for artists to engage communities in a non-arts based setting. The residency offers a valuable platform for artists to test new content and ideas for art-making and engagement in this unique sector. Through this, we aim to bring appropriate, new, engaging and innovative art activities to nursing home seniors to foster social interaction and improve wellbeing. 
 
Selected activities from the pilot will also be included / adapted for inclusion into an Arts Toolkit which will be developed at the end of the Arts Residency.

For more information, please download ​the attachment or contact Daniel Wong at danielj.wong@a​ic.sg.​

RSVP for the briefing by 30 September 2017.

Submission deadline for proposals by 13 October 2017.

As a participating Community Care organisation, you can:
  • Increase the range and access of quality recreational/ social programmes for your clients
  • Expose them to new activities that may help foster new skills, interests and meaningful engagement
The programme’s activities have been piloted and undergone evaluation to confirm their effectiveness, or have been extensively researched overseas. The activities are suitable for seniors 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 your clients at your centre or nursing home. They will also be given training resources as guides.

Your clients may:
  • Display greater cheerfulness or positive emotions
  • Gain interest in new activities, or rekindle an earlier interest in the activity
  • Experience increased confidence, self-esteem and sense of accomplishment
  • Display signs of an improved memory
  • Interact more with fellow seniors and your staff
Your staff would be able to:
  • Learn more about, and understand, the seniors better
  • Improve their observation skills
  • Build stronger rapport with each other and their clients

​1. Visual Arts


This activity engages seniors in the visual arts involving techniques such as painting. The activity is developed and led by a range of artists, educators and therapists in collaboration with the National Arts Council (NAC). 

Find out more by viewing this video.

Our seniors have showcased their artworks at events such as the Community Care Forum 2015 and the NAC’s Silver Arts 2014. Some of these are currently on display at AICare Link @ Maxwell from March 2016 to August 2016.

The specially-developed training programme for Community Care staff equips them with the skills needed to facilitate these arts-based activities for their clients. Your staff will receive the following as part of the course:
Basic Training – Discover the activities!
Coaching – Showcase what you’ve learnt!
Step-by-Step Guidebook

You can look up the two courses for visual arts in the Training Calendar:
2D Arts Expression 
Sensory Art 

Do note that the courses are subject to available training dates.

2. Creative Movement
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This activity helps seniors to connect everyday actions into creative movements. It enhances their mobility, senses and imagination. This activity has been developed in collaboration with NAC and is led by a professional dance company. 

Find out more by viewing this video.

The specially-developed training programme for Community Care staff equips them with the skills to facilitate creative movement activities for their clients. Your staff will receive the following as part of the course:
Basic Training – Discover the activities!
Coaching – Showcase what you’ve learnt!
Step-by-Step Guidebook, Instructional DVD and Music for the Sessions

You can look up the course, Everyday Waltzes for Active Ageing, in the Training Calendar. Do note that the course is subject to available training dates.


3. Tai Chi

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This activity helps seniors improve muscle strength, flexibility and fitness to strengthen their physical abilities. Tai Chi helps to improve one’s balance, which can help prevent falls in seniors. This activity is led by a Master Tai Chi Trainer who is experienced in carrying out Tai Chi programmes in Community Care settings. 

Your staff will receive the following as part of the course:
Basic Training – Discover the activities!
Coaching – Showcase what you’ve learnt!
Step-by-Step Guidebook and Instructional DVD

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

You can look up the course, Tai Chi for Health, in the Training Calendar. This course is conducted in English. Do note that it is subject to available training dates.​​

​The courses are open to Community Care staff. 

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

A minimum of two staff should attend the courses to ensure programme sustainability within your organisation.

​The details are available in the Training Calendar​. Training subsidies are available if you are an eligible Community Care organisation.

​Please view the Training Calendar​ to learn more about the courses and sign up for them.