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Finalists 2019 

We are delighted to reveal our finalists for Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2019 in five categories.

This category recognises innovative initiatives which support people with dementia not only to continue to live well within their own community but also remain valued, connected and involved members of that community.

Finalist 1: Musical Memories Springburn

With 14 volunteers, these weekly sessions provide live music, singing, gentle movement, as well as refreshments, hand massage and warm support to our friends with dementia and their carers, from 4 local care homes.   

Finalist 2: Woodland Activity Programme, Forestry & Land Scotland and Scottish Forestry

Developed based on research of therapeutic benefits of being within greenspace, including woodlands, this is a 10 week programme working with people living with early stage dementia. Participants visit a woodland weekly and take part in variety of woodland crafts/activities, encouraging working with others and enjoyment of outdoors.

Finalist 3: Try Something New group, partnership project with Alzheimer Scotland and West Quarter Redding Club

The ‘Try Something New’ initiative has been running since November 2018. It was set up by West Quarter and Redding Cricket Club in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. People with dementia and family carers are invited once a month to take part in 2 different physical activities such as cricket, archery, drumming and yoga.

This category recognises innovative initiatives that provide exceptional support to people with dementia when they are in need of hospital care and treatment.

Finalist 1: The Power of Music in Hospital Care, NHS Fife

This initiative involves the use of music to support people with dementia in hospital. We have used music, in a personalised way, to help prevent and manage stress and distress experienced when in hospital.

Finalist 2: Palliative and End of Life Care in an Acute Specialist Dementia Unit, Laura Crosbie and Cree Ward, Midpark Hospital

The Scottish Government 2015 – Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care aspires to ensuring that we recognise that people are dying, in order to make certain that important conversations can take place to establish the patient’s preferences, needs can be assessed and planned for, and crisis interventions can be avoided. This project provides a means of encompassing this ethos within a specialist NHS Dementia setting.

Finalist 3: Styles and Smiles, University Hospital Wishaw NHS Lanarkshire

This initiative enables hairdressing services to be available for people living with dementia. By providing an area dedicated to hairdressing, patients have the opportunity for social interaction with others and maintains the patients home routine around hairdresser’s attendance prompting orientation to date, day and time.

This category recognises innovative educational and learning initiatives which help develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that help to change thinking about dementia and the potential of people with dementia.

Finalist 1: Advancing Dementia Education for Mental Health Staff in Lothian, NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian currently has 7 Dementia Specialist Improvement Leaders (DSILS) with a further 4 currently on the NES course.  In 2016 the first cohort of DISLs from NHS Lothian began putting together a comprehensive dementia training package based on the knowledge gained.  They worked closely with two stress and distress in dementia trainers to ensure that mental health staff were offered a training package to allow them to practice at enhanced and expert level of the framework for excellence.  An occupational therapist completed the 2nd DISL course and she now offers training to the older peoples mental health OTs.

Finalist 2: Carer’s Academy, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

The carer’s academy, which is free to attend, has been developed in the aim of supporting family members in caring for loved ones who have dementia through enabling them to enhance their knowledge and develop practical skills in dementia care and gain peer support from other carers.

This category looks to highlight partnerships or partners working in innovative ways to contribute to more positive experiences and outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and their local communities.

Finalist 1: Omi Interactive Table Project, Erskine Park Home

The OMI is an interactive projector than can be used on the floor or a table, in a fixed location or mobile. It encourages one to one or group interaction with residents living with various levels of dementia and reduced communication and mobility. The projector provides stimulation to hearing, sight, and touch and can be used in almost any setting.

Finalist 2: Developing Namaste Care in Practice, Erskine Park Home

Namaste care was developed to provide meaningful sensory engagement to those living with advanced dementia and end of life care. This newly developed training program for staff and relatives is now being shared with external organisations to support them developing Namaste care within their homes.

This category celebrates innovative initiatives that support people with dementia, and their families, to stay in control of their own situation and challenge stereotypical attitudes towards dementia.

Finalist 1: Beer with Buddies, Alzheimer Scotland

Beer with Buddies is a dementia friendly pub based within Alzheimer Scotland Renfrewshire Services. We serve non-alcoholic beer, mocktails and traditional pub style food to order. Beer with Buddies is open once a month and provides the opportunity for people with dementia and their families to do something really normal, go out for a drink and something to eat with friends in an inclusive environment free from stigma.

Finalist 2: Rapid Response Team – An alternative to hospital admission for older people, NHS Lothian Rapid Response Team

The Rapid Response Team (RRT) is a nurse led service who provide specialist care at home as an alternative to hospital for older people experiencing a mental health crisis. The RRT aims to provide the least restrictive alternative to mental health inpatient care and supports people through mental health crisis in the comfort of their own homes.

Finalist 3: Integrated approach to Post Diagnostic Support in Midlothian, Midlothian Dementia

A quality improvement approach to ensure that people newly diagnosed with dementia in Midlothian are referred to the appropriate member of the team to ensure they are receiving post diagnostic support tailored to their needs.

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