Lisden Care Home in Kirriemuir have welcomed a new manager to its ranks, with Elaine Robertson joining the Balhousie team in March. Elaine comes from a nursing background, bringing with her a vast amount of experience from within a care home setting.
Passionate about dementia care and support, Elaine has both the experience and drive to be able to continue the push forward for best practice in relation to person-centered dementia care for residents. Personalised care is important to Elaine, who views the retention of as much independence as possible for residents as key to their ongoing health and happiness. “We are currently working on an activities programme that will ensure all residents have access to activities based on their historic hobbies and current preferences. I intend to ensure that my residents are enabled to retain as much independence as possible. All of the staff team here at Lisden have a sense of involvement, and are encouraged to adopt a person-centered approach when carrying out their duties, which creates a more family orientated feel.”
Throughout her initial time as manager at the home, Elaine has been impressed with the levels of commitment and standard of care provided to residents across the board by the Balhousie team. “I have a group of staff who seem to be genuinely caring and many of my ideas for the home going forward have been met with a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement. This has been extremely encouraging for me.”
The activities schedule, although already varied at the home, is set to benefit from some new additions. “We are looking at sessions such as cinema evenings, an art group, letter writing and poetry literature sessions.
We also plan to utilise the garden area as much as possible by having barbecues and afternoon teas ‘out-of-doors’. Over time, we plan to extend invitations to these events to the wider community, and of course relatives/friends of our residents.
In the grounds, we are also about to install our second raised flower bed, where vegetables will be planted, alongside a small herb garden. Residents who are interested in gardening and the outdoors will be encouraged to get involved and ‘get their hands dirty’ with this.”
As manager, Elaine’s main aims going forward are to create a welcoming, homely and above all, happy environment for her residents.
In-keeping with the Balhousie Care Group’s ethos, Elaine’s passion lies in person-centered, tailored care, believing that ensuring each and every resident has a sense of self-worth is key to promoting quality of life.