Supporting the V&A Museum to become Dementia Friendly

Home Instead has had the privilege and the pleasure to support the Victoria & Albert Museum by taking part in a creative, research project aimed at engaging CAREGivers who have experience in supporting people who live with dementia.

The aim of this project is to identify barriers that care givers might encounter to enjoying the V&A and identify ways in which the museum can encourage and support CAREGivers in enjoying its extensive, international collection as an infinite, free resource to use when engaging your clients.

Janice holding a 4000 years old Anatolian Ewer

During the four workshops, Home Instead CAREGivers from Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith explored the most captivating collection; the Gilbert Collection. Which is made up of incredibly precious ‘beautiful things’ that include bejewelled snuff boxes (studded with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies), gold and silver tableware, micro-mosaics and furniture.

The collector of these objects, Arthur Gilbert, intended that they be ‘for everyone’ to enjoy and this is what we are striving for. Artist, Zoe Gilmour, lead activities designed to activate our creative side and to contribute to a conversation about how the V&A can best serve CAREGivers and people living with dementia.

This is a partnership project between Home Instead, the V&A and Resonate Arts, who is designing and facilitating the programme.

Adrian, Emma and Minna at work during the project

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home