HenPower for seniors
Improving well being
Creative ageing charity Equal Arts has launched HenPower at Rose Hill Court and Hyman Fine House retirement homes in the city. The project, which involves art activities as well as hen-keeping, aims to reduce depression and improve the wellbeing of residents. The launch day was attended by Councillor Mo Marsh, Deputy Mayor of Brighton and Hove.
Harnessing the imagination
Douglas Hunter, the co-director of Equal Arts, said: “HenPower moves away from the passive care you so often see in care settings and harnesses people’s imagination and interests to empower themselves. “It is fantastic to see care providers in Brighton taking on the project with such enthusiasm, bringing the benefits to more people and positively engaging with residents and their relatives.”
A collaborative venture
According to the charity, HenPower has brought benefits to residents at dementia care homes, with staff reporting reductions in the use of anti-psychotic medication. Equal Arts were awarded £1m of Big Lottery Funding to develop HenPower at care homes across the country. The charity has joined with Brighton & Hove City Council and Jewish Care to develop the project in the area and hopes to form partnerships with schools and the wider community.