Nature in Art Trip at Whittington House

On Tuesday 18th July, residents and members of the team from Whittington House Nursing Home in Cheltenham enjoyed an outing to Nature in Art Gallery and Museum in Twigworth. The trip was instigated for the artists and art lovers of Whittington House.

Nature in Art is the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature. This gave the resident’s a variety of mediums and subjects to see. The outside sculptures were of great interest. A large tree made from metal and coloured glass leaves especially caught their eye.

They enjoyed a rest stop in the café, where they all had a hot drink and an “enormous” slice of cake. Feeling refreshed we stopped at the artist in resident Simon Williams, who specializes in Botanical and Natural History Illustration.

There was a display of his work which we all enjoyed looking at. Brenda spoke to Simon for a while about her art experience using watercolours. Annie our resident artist was particularly impressed with a collection of paintings he had in a book. Simon was happy to talk to Annie about how he had drawn a certain plant and what medium he used.

Annie was enthralled and happily chatted away about her artwork too. Simon was great and he certainly could draw a crowd as we were joined by a group of school children. Annie (whose job was to teach art) soon got involved with the children and gave an impromptu art lesson, even drawing in a child’s exercise book!

A study from the University of Westminster found that participants’ stress levels decreased after a visit to an art gallery. This was an art therapy success and we noticed that the trip had helped uplift the residents spirits. The following day one of the residents commented that their mobility was far better as a result of the walking they had done on the outing.

Whittington House Nursing Home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire is a modern, purpose-built home and provides residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 66 people.

If you would like to find out more about life at Whittington House, or would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us on 0808 223 5396 or whittington@caringhomes.org.

Whittington House Nursing Home

Home Manager

Lyndsey Dixon

Address

58 Whittington Road,
Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire,
GL51 6BL

Contact
0808 223 5396
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely