Healing light therapy trial for Forth Valley care home


caringhomes_39070868489Pioneering light therapy used on a trial basis at a specialist care home in Forth Valley is now to become a permanent treatment at the home for a range of conditions, including pressure ulcers. 


The light therapy will assist patients at Marchglen Care Centre in Clackmannanshire, where it has been used to help long term resident  Andrew Clark.

Mr Clark, a retired charge nurse who worked at Stirling Royal Infirmary, is pictured with (left to right) Marchglen deputy manager Marek Tarnawski, light company managing director Hani Rifai and NHS Forth Valley Consultant in Neurological Rehabilitation Dr Robert Prempeh.


Dr Prempeh, who is a visiting consultant, said Mr Clark had had a persistent ulcer for more than a year, but within three months of light therapy it was almost completely healed. He added: “Many people in Marchglen spend much of their lives in bed, leaving them particularly vulnerable to ulcers. These can be very debilitating as well as significantly increasing the cost of their care. This new technique has been proved to work in reducing the healing time.”


Lorena Love, Care Home Manager at Marchglen, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have this pioneering piece of equipment which will help in the treatment of a range of painful skin conditions at this and our neighbouring homes.”


The light therapy system emits light that is similar to that part of the electromagnetic system produced naturally by the sun but with no UV radiation.  It can be used as a complementary therapy for wound healing, including burns, leg ulcers and pressure injuries, as part of physiotherapy treatment, for skin conditions and can also help people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).


Marchglen Care Centre is part of Caring Home Group and  looks after people from across Scotland living with acquired brain injuries, those seeking treatment for neurological conditions and people exhibiting signs of challenging behaviour.  The home also provides support for people living with Huntington’s Disease, Melas Syndrome and other physically debilitating conditions. 


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