Using Creative Therapy™ to decrease patient anxiety

Creative Therapy

Creative Therapy™ is an excellent method to encourage recovery with patients living with dementia. It also reduces anxiety and stress and increases the patient experience while in hospital. Many studies have evidenced the success of arts and crafts which include, self-discovery (learning how creative they are), personal fulfilment (creating something from scratch) and empowerment (how patients control and express their feelings).

According to a 2015 study*, it was found that art therapy appeared to have statistically significant positive effects compared with control in a number of studies in patients with different clinical profiles and was associated with a number of benefits. The benefits of art therapy for patients included the relationship with the therapy conductor, personal achievement and distraction. All of which is beneficial to people living with Dementia.

Ensign Care have 8-year experience in providing enhanced supervision and therapy for vulnerable and distressed patients while in hospital. This includes people with dementia, temporary confusion, cognitive impairment, delirium or individuals at risk of developing delirium.

Their Dementia Support Workers safeguard patients while in hospital and encourage recovery by promoting patient centred care and therapy. Their support reassures family members that both NHS staff and patients are safe, reducing falls and enhancing the patient’s experience throughout their care.

Ensign Care’s unique therapies include:

  • Diversion Therapy    
  • Reminiscence Therapy
  • Validation Therapy
  • Music & Tablet Therapy
  • Digital Apps Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Creative Therapy™

 

The Mind charity has said: “The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend that arts therapies should be considered for everyone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, psychosis and related problems.”** Related problems include individuals with mental health illnesses, such as Dementia, Depression and Bipolar. Art therapies are also beneficial, as creative therapy aim to reduce stress levels and distracts individuals from real-time issues such as trying to leave a hospital ward.

One supporter said: “Arts therapies allowed me to let go of my anxiety and use my imagination for something positive, rather than for thinking up negative situations.”

Mind asserts that art therapies are increasingly popular and are offered to many hospitals, private practices and more. Ensign Care train all their staff and provide them with a Creative Therapy craft kit, a bespoke Digital Therapy tablet and a Diversion Therapy games toolkit for use at every shift in hospital. Their Creative Therapy Kits include a wide range of craft items ready to engage with patients at any time, day or night.

Creative Therapy gives their patients a sense of peace and happiness when they participate in an activity, interact with staff one on one, as well as the patients feeling less anxious or aggressive.

Each month Ensign Care sets a craft theme for staff members to use to engage with patients throughout the country and make creations. Photos are shared with co-workers for more ideas.

In March, the theme was Easter with egg baskets and Easter cards, as illustrated by their company Facebook page. Other past themes have explored Spring and self-portrait. See more photos here –  https://www.facebook.com/pg/EnsignCare/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2117821674896431

 

Creative Therapy work

 

Creative Therapy work

By showcasing Creative Therapy creations on the Internet, Ensign Care aims to inspire members of the public to contribute and share ideas as well as support for Dementia awareness.

Patients can make birthday cards for family members and talk for hours about their family and interests.

As a unique healthcare company, Ensign Care are proud of their Dementia Support Workers and their effort to really make a difference and spend quality time caring for patients.

For more information on Ensign Care’s unique therapies and service, please visit: http://www.ensigncare.co.uk/what-we-do

 

 

*The 2015 Study was printed in the Health Technology Assessment No19.18, “Systematic review and economic modelling of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of art therapy among people with non-psychotic mental health disorders”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279634/

**NICE quote can be found on Mind’s website, https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/arts-therapies/what-arts-therapies-can-treat/#.WzI_X6dKiUk