Creative Arts Therapies are a Part of Alzheimer’s and Hospice Care at Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester.
The Creative Arts Therapies include:
- Art therapy
- Dance/movement therapy
- Drama therapy
- Music therapy
- Poetry therapy
At HHHW these modalities and the overall creative process is utilized to foster health, communication and expression. The use of the creative arts with residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, are on Hospice care, and/or suffer from other diseases helps them with self-awareness and maintaining their optimal level of emotional, physical, social and cognitive functioning.
In Drama therapy, residents are given the opportunity not only to tell their story, but also to enact it and in this way validate its significance in their life. Residents are able to exercise their memory and feel a sense of accomplishment within the theatrical structure of a beginning a middle and an end. Personal roles are explored and often, unfinished business is closed.
Art therapy utilizes various art media and through the creative process is able to identify an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns and conflicts. Residents speak about their art and are empowered by the simple act of creation; creation being the one characteristic that differentiates humanity from any other life form.
Music therapy has been an established health profession for over 50 years. At Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester music therapy helps to explore personal feelings and make positive changes in mood and emotional states. The sensory and intellectual stimulation of music can help maintain a person’s quality of life.
Dance is the most fundamental of the arts, involving direct expression through the body. Dance therapists encourage expression through the movement of the body. When the resident feels they are understood, they are less agitated and are able to feel safe. As residentsloose language capabilities, they communicate through body language. Staff and residents often have conversations through movement and vocalizing. Poetry Therapy Poetry therapy is an interactive process. The facilitator chooses a poem or piece of literature to evoke feeling responses for discussion. Residents are often in the midst of loosing their language capabilities and in poetry therapy they are able to play with words and give them new meaning each time they are read. Sharing feelings is the focus of poetry therapy. Feeling in control of words is a goal. Releasing tension is another goal.
Psychodrama is utilized with early stage Alzheimer’s. It is a therapeutic discipline which utilizes action methods and group dynamics to re-enact life situations in a safe environment. Those residents who are angry and fearful of their disease are able to explore their feelings and perceptions.
The Creative Arts Therapies are an integral part of the Therapeutic Activities Program offering a unique and holistic approach to the quality of life of the resident population at Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester. In working with residents, Creative Arts Therapy goals are determined by the needs of each individual. Staffing At Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester there are 7 creative arts therapists who are licensed and board certified in their respective fields of expertise. For more information or to arrange a tour of our beautiful campus of care please call 1-866-ONE-NURSE or 1-866-663-6877.