A well-known Aberdeen facility offering care for the elderly has marked Dementia Awareness Week Scotland 2017 with the opening of a special new facility.
Deeside Care Home in Cults has celebrated the official opening of its Reminiscence Room, a brand new area created by manager Karen Ewen and her team, as an additional social space to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.
The room features traditional features such as a fireplace with bellows, a bassinette with doll and traditional furniture, all with the aim of sparking memories for users. It has been opened to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week Scotland which runs from May 29th until June 4th and aims to raise awareness of the condition which currently affects some 90,000 people in Scotland.
The opening continues an exciting few weeks for the 68-bed Deeside Care Home which, during a recent routine inspection by the Care Inspectorate, achieved sought-after grade six status in the area of management and leadership – the highest level awarded by the authority.
In addition, a grade five was retained in quality of care and support whilst a previous inspection awarded grade five status for quality of environment, and quality of staffing. The news completes the facility’s elevation from grade three status to grade five and six status in just two years.
There was additional cause for celebration for the Cults care setting when Deeside Care Home was also named as one of the top 20 recommended care homes in Scotland for 2017 by industry website, carehome.co.uk
Commenting on the new Reminiscence Room, Karen Ewen said: “Trial sessions have already proved to be very beneficial for people trying out the new room and residents who have difficulty communicating have been able to express emotions through use of the facility.”
Director of Care (Aberdeenshire) Kristin Jackson-Brown added: “The creation of this important new room further underlines our ethos of a first-class, ‘home-from-home’ setting for the delivery of care of the very highest standard, and I am sure that it will be enjoyed by many residents and visitors.”