Elderly People & Care Homes

Elderly People & Care Homes

Parable Garden offers resources to support church and individual outreach to the elderly, through providing an accessible year-long monthly programme of themed art and craft activities and seasonal reflection, inspired by the seasons in nature and church festivals.

staff and residents enjoying creativity

staff and residents enjoying creativity

Carefully tailored craft activities enable all levels of engagement in creating craft items to treasure. Seasonal sensory reflection using objects, images, poetry, stories, music and scripture can be used to catalyse pastoral opportunities for conversation relating to seasons of life and spiritual journey for the elderly. These activities were originally designed and successfully run as a monthly session to complement existing activities in a local Care Home programmes, with residents, including dementia patients.

Through one to one support within a small group, participants are guided step by step through manageable tasks. The themes and activities often spark memories and forgotten interests so allowing plenty of space for personal reflection is encouraged.

The atmosphere of care, encouragement, listening and the joy of shared creativity brings a sense of achievement and belonging. An overview of a programme of monthly activities and reflection throughout the year is available.

Look at the gallery of photographs to see examples of monthly craftwork linked to a value and seasonal reflections for example – Parable Garden Treasure bags.