While we offer many programmes to our wider community, we are at the core, a care charity. Our qualified Day Care staff and highly trained volunteers provide person-centred care to some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable people. This service not only helps reduce the isolation and stigma of the person living with dementia, but also provides an essential break for their carers. This vital respite helps to promote independent living and to sustain families living together longer within their community.
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 www.careinspectorate.com.
During their day, they enjoy art classes, iPad sessions, appropriate fitness activities, reminiscence activities, music, dance and a tasty, nutritious, homemade lunch and snacks prepared by our chef and associate nutritionist. These group activities foster friendships as well as keeping clients minds and bodies active.
As part of our Day Care service, we have introduced a Multi-Sensory Room, which has a calming effect for people with dementia. Originally from the Netherlands, multi-sensory therapy (sometimes referred to as ‘Snoezelen’) consists of gentle uses of light and sound to stimulate senses and engage the invididual in a relaxing and non-clinical environment free from pressures and expectations.
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.