Balhousie Care Group shortlisted for two Scottish Care Awards

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Balhousie Care Group has been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s Scottish Care Awards.

Balhousie Wheatland’s Care Home was shortlisted for Most Innovative Partnership for its work with Lingo Flamingo and Balhousie Ruthven Towers Home manager, Jozi Stables, was shortlisted for her work with The Princes Trust in the Training and Development category.

Balhousie Care Group joined forces with The Prince’s Trust Scotland earlier this year to offer young people the opportunity to train for a career in the care sector. Seven young people took part in the five-week training programme. Speaking of her Training and Development shortlisting, Ruthven Tower’s Care Home manager Jozi Stables explained:

“It’s wonderful that this fantastic initiative has been recognised by Scottish Care. There are many perceptions about what a care role looks like and there is a lack of awareness about how rewarding and varied it can be. By introducing young people to the industry in partnership with organisations such as The Prince’s Trust, we have been able to open care up to people who perhaps wouldn’t have considered it before.”

Balhousie Wheatland’s Care Home have been recognised for their partnership with Lingo Flamingo, which seen them introduce foreign language classes to residents with dementia. Evidence suggests that people who can speak foreign languages can delay dementia symptoms by up to five years. Grace Sloan, Home Manager at Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home added:

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Wheatland’s has been shortlisted for their work on this fantastic project. It’s been such a delight to see our residents learning foreign languages with the tutors from Lingo Flamingo and, from week to week, seeing how they have developed and enjoyed each session has been wonderful.”

Louise Barnett, Director of Operations at Balhousie Care Group, commented:

“Balhousie Care Group is delighted to have been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s Scottish Care Awards and it is a testament to the hard work of the staff at Wheatland’s, Ruthven Towers and across the organisation. We are working hard to offer residents the very best, personalised care through initiatives like Lingo Flamingo as well as passing on skills and knowledge to the younger generation through our work with The Princes Trust Scotland.

Louise continued:

“It’s brilliant to see their hard work recognised by Scottish Care and we look forward to the award ceremony next month.”

The Scottish Care Awards take place on Friday 18th November at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow following on from the Scottish Care Home Conference and Exhibition during the day at the same venue.