Introducing our partnership with Alzheimer Scotland

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As part of our Together We’re Great initiative we asked our staff to choose our new charity partner and we were delighted to announce Alzheimer Scotland as our chosen charity. This is a charity very close to our hearts here at Balhousie Care Group, with around 800 of our residents living with dementia or cognitive decline, and our staff felt it only fitting to partner with them over the coming year.

A little about Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland who campaign for the rights of people with dementia and their relatives and provide an extensive range of innovative and personalised support service. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most frequently occurring illnesses under the umbrella term of dementia and the number of people in Scotland living with dementia is set to double in the next 25 years.

As Balhousie Care Group undergo our company-wide culture shift to make sure we offer our residents the very best, personalised approach to care, the person-centred approach at Alzheimer Scotland’s makes this an excellent partnership.

Continuing our commitment to dementia care

Our dedicated Dementia Consultant, Yvonne (if you’ve not met her, you’ll find out more about her here!), works extremely hard to ensure our staff have the appropriate training, knowledge and understanding of dementia and our partnership with Alzheimer Scotland will mean we can further strengthen our understanding as we work with them on their Dementia Friends programme.

Yvonne, along with our residents, staff and families, has introduced our Balhousie Care Group Dementia Strategy across all our 25 homes as part of our Together We’re Great initiative. We’re looking forward to telling you more about the six themes and what they mean to us here at Balhousie over the coming months.

Strengthening our innovative initiatives

Our partnership with Alzheimer Scotland will help us continue to look at new and innovative techniques that can help our residents live well with dementia and improve wellbeing. When a recent study revealed that learning a foreign language can help off-set the symptoms of dementia by up to five years, we worked with Lingo Flamingo at our Wheatlands Care Home to offer foreign language courses to residents. Our residents thoroughly enjoyed the French, German and Spanish lessons and the initiative has been recognised at the Dementia Awards 2016 and shortlisted for a Scottish Care Award.

We’re excited to be working alongside Alzheimer Scotland and are looking forward to using resources to enhance staff training, resident wellbeing and relative support. We’ll also be doing lots of fundraising activities which we’re sure you’ll hear all about!