Day Care

Dementia Day Care

Our dementia Day Care Service supports people who are living with dementia.

Our qualified Day Care staff and highly trained volunteers look after many people who are living with dementia.

Our person-centred service helps reduce social isolation and stigma of the person living with dementia while providing respite for carers.

This chance of vital respite helps promote independent living and has the ability to sustain families in their community for longer.

Each week, we welcome up to 70 clients, with 3,500 places available every year.

During their day, clients enjoy art classes, iPad sessions, appropriate fitness and reminiscence activities, music, dance and tasty, nutritious, homemade lunch prepared by our chef and associate nutritionist.

These group activities foster friendships, as well as keeping clients’ minds and bodies active.

The aim of the service is to support people

to remain in their own homes for as long as possible by:

  • Promoting independence

  • Reducing social isolation

  • Helping to provide a structure to their week

  • Providing regular respite for carers and enabling them to carry out their role for longer

Referrals are received through Social Care Direct Tel: 0131 200-2324

Funding: Eric Liddell Day Care Service is partly funded by the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership.

Other means of funding comes from charitable trusts, companies, and the general public. If you would like to help please see our fundraising page.

The service is registered with the Care Inspectorate since 2007 and was last inspected in June 2016. You can view the report and find out more information about the service at

Duty of Candour Report 2021

The Eric Liddell Day Care Service

Duty of Candour reporting

All health and social care services in Scotland have a duty of candour. This is a legal requirement which means that when things go wrong and mistakes happen, the people affected understand what has happened, receive an apology, and that organisations learn how to improve for the future.

An important part of this duty is that we provide an annual report about the duty of candour in our services. This short report describes how our care service has operated the duty of candour during the time between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. We hope you find this report useful.

  1. How many incidents happened to which the duty of candour applies?

In the past year, there have been no incidents to which the duty of candour applied. 

  1. Information about our policies and procedures:

Where something has happened that triggers the duty of candour, our Day Care service staff report this to the Day Care Service, Manager who has responsibility for ensuring that the duty of candour procedure is followed.

The Manager records the incident and reports as necessary to the Care Inspectorate. When an incident has happened, the manager and staff set up a reflection and learning review. This allows everyone involved to review what happened and identify any changes for the future.

All new Day Care staff members learn about the duty of candour at their induction process and complete duty of candour training. We know that serious mistakes can be distressing for staff as well as people who use care services, carers and families. We have occupational welfare support in place for our staff if they have been affected by a duty of candour incident. If you would like to know more about the Eric Liddell Day Care Service please contact us Tel: 0131 447 4520 or contact

The Eric Liddell Centre Day Care Service 2021

We can do I.T. too

Multi Sensory Room

  • Everyone using our service has the opportunity to learn how to use an iPad and to grow more confident with technology
  • iPads can be used to access important services such as the internet, email, Skype and Zoom
  • They can also be used for activities such as art, music, languages and word games

  • Multi-Sensory therapy is a relatively new activity which allows clients to experience a range of patterned visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile stimuli
  • Multi-Sensory environments optimise the effects of projected light and can have a very enjoyable, calming, relaxing and stimulating effect for people living with dementia
  • The aim of the Multi-Sensory Room is to provide a non-directive, failure free, enabling, rapport-building space in which there are no expectations for performance
  • Other community groups are welcome to utilize the ELC Multi-Sensory Room. Please contact (Day Care Manager) Caroline Heenan Tel 0131 446 3303 or for further information

Service User Comments

Family and Carers Comments

  • “I love attending and seeing familiar faces”

  • “C’est un endroit charmant” (This is a lovely place)

  • “We have so much fun here”

  • “They are such lovely people”

  • “Its my favourite day of the week”

  • “I never thought I would just go for a walk again”

  • “I am doing a lot of new things like computers”

  • “On a Monday night I know I don’t need to worry as he is at the day centre on Tuesday”

  • “I can walk away from his illness for a few hours and know he is safe”

  • “I am amazed how well he is doing and how much he looks forward to going”

  • “The staff have become friends like family they are always smiling and very helpful”

  • “I couldn’t look after my Mother if she didn’t have her Day Care”

  • “I can always count on the staff to give me information about dementia”

Activity Programme

A daily programme of person centred activities and outings aimed to encourage interaction  amongst clients to promote skills and accommodate individual choice and interests.

Our main aim is for clients to feel relaxed in an enriching safe environment, enjoy their day and look forward to coming back.