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SANFORD ARTS VERMILLION

Sanford Arts Vermillion strives for an evidence-based approach to person-centered care through arts engagement.
SAV is led by its program coordinator, Ariadne (Ari) Albright, MFA. Artists in residence, student interns, and volunteers are trained as arts engagement facilitators. Arts engagement is not art therapy, and SAV operates within its scope of practice to support wellness without specific therapeutic intervention.
SAV was created through a Dakota Hospital Foundation grant to support resident wellness.

In 2012, the Sanford Care Center Interdisciplinary Team created a three-pronged approach to reducing antipsychotic use, including SAV as one aspect of care planning. Sanford professionals anecdotally observed improvement in residents’ behavior, mood, and a significant decrease in antipsychotic use. SAV is continuing research to understand its impact on wellness outcomes for dementia. SAV has shared its best practices in presentations at the Mayo Clinic, Pioneer Network Conference, National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH), and more.

Three main focuses of Sanford Arts Vermillion:

SPECIAL CARE UNIT

  • SAV hosts 2-3 weekly art sessions at the Special Care Unit.
  • Artists and student facilitators are trained to provide appropriate and empowering projects for residents with special needs and dementia.
  • SAV provides a break and self-expression to caregivers and staff. -Participation in art sessions provides fun, unique ways for staff to interact with residents.

UPLIFTING ENVIRONMENTS

  • SAV helps to personalize each resident’s home.
  • SAV adds interest to the workplace with rotating art displays, community art projects, and more.

CARE FOR CAREGIVERS

  • SAV provides a break and self-expression to caregivers and staff.
  • Participation in art sessions provides fun, unique ways for staff to interact with residents.

Shared Stories

Dementia robs a person of their identity. Art helps to build purpose in people who have more to give.  ~ Gayle Matzke, Director of Nursing, SCCV
[The facilitator]’s creative ideas and projects bring a calming effect to everyone in the room. One of my lasting memories was when she had everyone gathered around a large table making Christmas cards. As I sat by my husband’s side, he was busy with a puzzle that she had provided for him. She even had me cutting out felt objects that were too difficult for the others. If you are within a 3 foot radius of an artist, we’ll probably work together!
Every time I went to see my husband at the Care Center and you were there, it brought a smile to my face and so touched my heart.

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