Projects in the health care sector with people with dementia
Acquisitions of my work and commissions in the health care varying from a series of portraits of residents to the design of a chapel/sanctuary, brought me into contact with patients in psycho-geriatric departments. People who cannot express themselves in words and for whom using the possibilities of pen, paper and colour are not or only inadequately exploited. The laziness of the spoken word is the cause that we act uncomfortably with other forms of communication. Painting is partly a way of exchanging information. My proposal for investigating the possibilities of these patients and setting up a project about it was accepted. I contacted Alzheimer Nederland [The Dutch Alzheimer Association]. The result was a book published with Marco Blom from Alzheimer Nederland about my first project entitled “Was signed dementia…” (see below)
For these projects, I involved the children of parents with dementia and other relatives and members of staff. The structure and my approach appeared to answer the needs of people with dementia. Since the experiences were so positive and the result so beautiful, this project resulted in a number of large-scale art projects in which people suffering from dementia participated. Ultimately, projects were implemented at 28 locations of various care centres. Subsequently, I gave workshops for staff and guest lectures at colleges and the NIZW [Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare] called me in.
Using designs I made for each project, the result of the project is integrated into the buildings. These vary from a mural measuring 4 x 3 metres, large display cases containing all sorts of work, a round ceiling fresco 6 metres in diameter, to the design and fitting out of a cloakroom with ‘Delft Blue Tiles’ painted by the residents. I made a design that integrated all the individual work pieces into one comprehensive whole.
Information about my project in the health care sector in 2017 you find by:
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