When keen artist Marzanna Filipiuk picked up her pencils and sketched one of the ladies she helped to look after, she realised it could be a unique way to bond with her clients and bring a smile to faces of their loved ones.
Marzanna, a Home Care Assistant for The Great Care Company based in York, has always had a passion for art so when her employer set up the Extra Mile Fund, she decided to combine art with care and used the fund to buy herself some art materials.
The Great Care Company has a range of schemes in place as incentives for all their carers. The Extra Mile Fund was set up so the care team could use it to help their clients in ways more than they normally would and Marzanna is definitely doing just that.
It was during social time, chatting and building a friendship with one of the ladies she helped look after, that Marzanna decided to create her first portrait sketch. When she had finished, she gave the portrait to the lady, the joy that sketch gave her client is forever etched in Marzanna’s memory and gave her the idea to create more portraits for clients.
As we all know, the past year has been extremely difficult for everyone, with many families unable to see each other. Home Care Assistants like Marzanna have been such a significant support for many people requiring care and support in their own homes.
Marzanna said “By creating the portraits I wanted to bring joy and comfort to the family and friends of the people I look after, by helping them to see their loved ones differently through my sketches. Some of my clients have dementia and creating these portraits can help to improve their sense of self and identity. I’m so grateful to be able to share my passion for art at work. Each client has reacted very warmly to the portrait, it really has put them in a better mood and that is something that I will always take with me as an accomplishment.” So far Marzanna has completed four portraits and she has no intention of stopping there! She now takes a photograph of the client she is going to create the portrait for, she makes a quick sketch while she is with them and then finishes the portrait at home in her own time. It is during this time at home she looks to try and capture something of the character rather than just the person’s visual self. The framed portrait is then gifted to the client, bringing not only joy to them but also to their family and friends. With the reaction to her portraits being so positive, Marzanna hopes to continue drawing and bringing a smile to the clients of The Great Care Company.
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