Falkirk – Community Connections

Examples of Practice

As identified in the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland (2011), early intervention is recognised as important in helping the person with dementia and their carer come to terms with the illness and gain information and advice which will assist maintaining independence for as long as possible. These standards also assert that ‘People with dementia and their carers have the right to live as independently as possible with access to recreational, leisure and cultural life in their community have the right to help to attain and maintain maximum independence, physical, mental, social and vocational ability, and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life.’

Bill and Margaret

Dementia causes a sense of isolation and ‘detachedness’ which can be distressing and frightening. Finding ways to stimulate interests which can be shared with others, increases the feeling of involvement, gives opportunities for positive interaction and general helps the person with dementia feel more safe and secure.

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In Good Faith: Building Compassionate Communities

Resource

The Joint Improvement Team (JIT) in partnership with the Health and Social Care Alliance (ALLIANCE) has looked at the context within which many local projects operate to identify key messages, to highlight good practice which can be shared and adapted to local needs and interests and to encourage models that will further tap into resilience […]

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Keeping Active in Later Life – Inverclyde

Examples of Practice

‘Keeping Active in Later Life’ aims to facilitate, both directly and indirectly, the provision of practical and emotional support to address social isolation and assist older people to maximise their independence and remain at home. It does this by stimulating and supporting a network of self-help peer support groups and matching ‘community buddies’ with those less able to participate and get involved as part of their everyday life

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Mousemates Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire (VAER)

Examples of Practice

Isolation and general health and wellbeing were key outcomes at the planning stage of the Change Fund Partnership between local authorities and the third sector within the Mousemates initiative.

Mouse mates 1
The intention of Mousemates is an activity that enriches the lives and daily living of the elderly through the use of computing.

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East Lothian Gardening Service

Examples of Practice

GS combines garden maintenance with befriending. Informal research by Age Scotland has consistently shown that maintenance of home and garden is one of a number of priorities for older people. Put simply, older people want to enjoy the environment – their home and garden – in which they spend a considerable amount of time.

Gardening Project

It should come as no surprise that being able to do so supports an overall sense of well-being and contributes to positive mental health. Both use of one’s garden and gardening itself can also help people stay physically active and healthy.

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