Throughout this curriculum, we have referred to the Model for Successful Engagement. This framework directs our program and guides this curriculum. Its structure shows how each part of the structure is essential to achieve the outcome, and reinforces the importance and interconnection of all of the work you have done in this learning program.
The museum – YOUR museum – forms the foundation of the model. The collections, exhibitions, staff and expertise, and site are where each program begins. Knowing your work well is an essential first step.
Knowledge of the participant is the centre. Here is where we focus on an understanding of dementia, but also keeping in mind the person themselves. Being person-centred means seeing the participants- not their diagnoses, and applying the knowledge you have to fully empower their abilities and support changes.
Three pillars – Environment, Approach, and Activity – support this work. How you set up your space and your social environment, the way you communicate and facilitate, and the adaptations made to the activities themselves all determine how well your program will work. These three support pillars are built on the understanding of the participant and are interconnected. Unless they are all strong together, your structure will fall.
Finally, we come to Module 6: Engagement and Wellbeing.
Engagement occurs when all elements of the structure have combined successfully into the delivery of a program. It is the process, or the way we achieve our outcome. Engagement (or lack thereof) will show you if everything is in place. If you do not see engagement, it is time to go back to the pillars and the knowledge of the participant to figure out what modifications you can make to improve it.
Wellbeing is the outcome of a program. By participating, by being engaged in Artful Moments, a participant will feel an enhanced sense of wellbeing, based on positive experiences in one or more dimensions that make up their state of ‘being well’.