The role of the Carer is crucial to those living with Dementia, Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles services ensures that the Carers are also supported. A monthly Supper Club takes place in Stornoway funded by the Lewis and Harris Branch's local fundraised income. There are similar events in remote and rural locations across the Islands throughout the year.
Tuesday each week a ceilidh takes place at Western Isles hospital in the Erisort Ward Day Room to provide the opportunity for social interaction and activities during patient stays. Several local support organisations are involved in making the group a regular fixture in the calendar, and the local Alzheimer Scotland team are on hand to help out.
The Lewis and Harris Alzheimer Scotland Branch have an active membership of volunteers who help the organisation to provide a valuable service to people with dementia and their families in the community. This film celebrates what it means to be a volunteer, both for the service users and the volunteers themselves. Contact Marion MacInnes, Service Manager Alzheimer Scotland for more information.
An ongoing initative between Solas Day Centre and An Cotan Nursery bringing together those living with Dementia with pre-school children. The benefits of these interactions include improved communication, reduced feelings of isolation and loneliness among others.