Hitting the Ground Running

First Dementia Ambassador Meeting of the New Year

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It was a great start to the New Year with our first dementia ambassador meeting on Tuesday 16th January at Earn House. At the end of last year, ambassadors chose the themes and areas of interest they wanted to explore and progress in 2018, based on feedback from residents and families. This feedback and consultation has ensure a full agenda for the upcoming months with lots of excitement.

We started the meeting with recognition for some celebrations and great work that has recently been achieved, these included:

  1. Two ambassadors birthday’s
  2. Crieff achieving the highest dementia care map score and increasing their skilled level in promoting excellence
  3. Moyness and Clement Parks significant increase in skilled level in promoting excellence in dementia care

We are thrilled with this progress and development so well done to everyone involved in making this happen.

Our first external speaker was Fiona Thackeray from Trellis who was discussing the benefits of therapeutic gardening and how to create effective internal and external garden areas within care homes. Throughout 2017, was saw some really positive outcomes across a few of our homes by implementing this concept, therefore it’s something residents and staff are keen to develop within more of our homes. Creating great environments for all residents will continue to be a key feature on our agenda.

After lunch one of our own ambassadors, Donna Sinclair, presented about Namaste Care and how this can support good palliative care within homes. Donna delivered some background information and meaning on what is involved in Namaste care and the impact this had on residents within Wheatlands. This was not only great for sharing and inspiring ideas within the group, it was also fantastic personal development for Donna.

Going forward, a different ambassador will present on an aspect of dementia care that they have been involved in. This helps us share best practice as well as supporting dementia ambassadors to grow in confidence about the work they do and for us to celebrate their successes.

All in all, we had a very positive meeting with people leaving excited about the year ahead. Our next meeting is on the 13th March at Earn House, where along with other speakers, Jade Scott from our Dalnaglar care home will be speaking on Doll Therapy.  We will be sure to keep you posted on the highlights.