Making the transition from living in a single-family home to a senior living residence can cause significant changes in a senior’s mood, behavior, and perspective. As such, it imperative to create homely living spaces to ease the transition process. Art has proved to create a sense of welcome, relieve stress, and enhance a patient’s ability to endure pain. Cleveland Clinic realized that over 60 percent of the patients experienced reduced stress after viewing the hospital’s art collection. Keep in mind; not all art can create a stress free workplace — the color selection, finishing, material, arrangement, among other factors, affect the overall goal. Here’s how art consulting firms incorporate art in an assisted living facility.
1. Incorporate Art in Everything
The idea is to communicate the healing power of art. As such, you want art incorporated in window treatments, furnishings, floors, and fixtures without being an overkill. The art consultant may also decide to use sculptures in outdoor spaces if your budget allows. A waterfront view, for example, brings back memories of cruising and adventure, creating a calming effect.
2. Create an Art Gallery
The gallery doesn’t need to have art pieces out of state. It may comprise artwork created by local artists to help build a community with the residents, promote local talent, and develop connections with the local community. The residents may also decide to loan or donate art they have created instead of hanging it in their apartments. Create a rotating gallery wall to display the latest work while ensuring it matches the existing décor, theme, and finish. The artwork should not only help create a stress free workplace but also draw as much attention to the gallery. As such, the art design consultant may set up the gallery in the hallway or use it as a gateway welcoming everybody visiting the facility.
3. Using Art that Reflects the Surroundings
The benefits of art in hospitals and assisted living facilities are more evident when the art pieces are reflective of the surroundings. Local artistes often create such paintings in a bid to tell a story. A good example is the ‘Land Buoy’ sculpture displayed in the outdoors of Mather’s life plan community in Rancho Vistoso, Tucson, Arizona. The facility also has several paintings narrating a story about living in the community 60 years ago when residents painted over canvas paintings. Another effective way of using such artwork is through the use of photographs of famous sites in the locale. Seniors who have lived in the area can relate with such art.
4. Break Away from Traditional Frames
Fun, modern canvases make it easy to create a stress free workplace. Art pieces that have moveable pieces and wall gardens, for example, are an effective way of piquing a resident’s interest. Use tactile pieces on different mediums to encourage them to interact with the environment.
5. Choose a Theme
Themed artwork redefine spaces designated for specific activities. The designer may use spa images in a spa parlor, movie artwork in a theater room, or gaming board images in a playroom. Such art conditions the mind to unique destinations attractive to residents while providing useful visual cues for that activity.
6. Use Wayfinding Art
Assisted living facilities providing care to seniors with dementia or other such memory problems will find such artwork effective. The art is arranged to create a stress free workplace and also direct the senior to different spaces. For example, the designer may hang a floral mural past the dining room to create a memory instead of asking the senior to take a left after the hallway. Such pieces of art create impactful moments that enable seniors to distinguish spaces and reduce confusion or anxiety associated with memory care patients.
7. Using Art with Contrasting Colors and Shapes
Many seniors in caregiving facilities have already developed aging eyes that make it challenging to distinguish colors, scenes, and designs on artwork. As such, an art consultant in Miami uses pieces with high contrast to create more impact in a space while being easy on the eyes.