Alzheimer Scotland offer care home support
The local branch of Alzheimer Scotland has developed a series of initiatives to support care home residents and staff with visiting severely restricted.
Members of the group have been unable to physically attend care facilities – a situation which is expected to continue for some time yet – but will try and maintain support and advice through the Keeping Connected (Care Homes) project.
This includes: digital and online activity, with access to music, story-telling, arts and inter-generational story-telling; support to staff to help them deliver activities and small group sessions; dementia awareness sessions; and in promoting the benefits of therapeutic and meaningful activity.
Marina Macleod is a Senior Social Care Worker at Trianaid care home in North Uist. She said: “”e are very much looking forward to working in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland in this exciting project which will enhance the lives of our residents.”
Marion MacInnes, Locality Leader Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles , said they “very much value the relationships built with local care homes” and that “in the absence of physically being able to visit care homes for some time we wish to continue to adapt and offer support in different ways”.
“We are very eager to reach out and continue to support our local care homes,” she said.
"People living in care homes, their families and the staff who have continued to care for and support people have a very tough year – we really cannot imagine how hard it has been for them all. This activity gives us a wee glimmer of hope for the way forward”