Dementia Day Care

Our Dementia Day Care Service supports 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 vital break can promote independent living and 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 client’s 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

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Promoting independence
  • 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 City of Edinburgh Council Health and Social Care department.

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 2019

The Eric Liddell Day Care Service

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 2018 and 31 March 2019. We hope you find this report useful.

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

In the last 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 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 learning review. This allows everyone involved to review what happened and identify changes for the future.

All new staff learn about the duty of candour at their induction and complete duty of candour training. We know that serious mistakes can be distressing for staff as well as people who use care services and their families. We have occupational welfare support in place for our staff if they have been affected by a duty of candour incident.

The Eric Liddell Centre Day Service 2019

We can do I.T. too

  •  Everyone using our service can has the opportunity to learn how to use iPads and grow more confident with technology
  • iPads be used to aid access to important services such as email and Skype, as well as part of activities such as activities such as, art, music, languages and word games
  • Involvement in a group gives structure to a day or a week and is a valuable opportunity to interact with each other and can be an important avenue for sharing information.
  • Reminiscence is an established technique which involves the discussion of past activities events and experiences. Objects, photographs and music are often used to encourage people with dementia to talk about their past.

Service user 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”

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.

Multi Sensory Room

  • Our new and exciting project was funded by HSBC Bank, work is due to begin soon
  • Multi-Sensory therapy is relatively a new activity which gives clients an experience of a range of patterned visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile stimuli
  • Multi-Sensory environments optimize the effects of projected light and can have a very enjoyable, calming, relaxing and stimulating effect for people with dementia
  • Its aim 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 this room please contact (Day Care Manager) Caroline Heenan Tel 0131 446 3303 or for further information

Carers Comments

  • “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”