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Corstorphine Dementia Project

The Aims
It is the aim of the Corstorphine Dementia Project to provide support and life enhancing experiences to individuals with dementia living in Corstorphine and its surrounding area helping them to continue to live in their own home for as long as possible.  We will do this to a standard of excellence that embraces fundamental principles of good care which are appraised through evaluation and inspection, thus ensuring that the quality of care meets the needs of service users.

We aspire to reduce isolation, promote independence, enhance quality of life, meet health and welfare needs, offer companionship and a range of social activities in a safe, supportive and friendly environment.  We will treat service users with dignity and respect and recognise them as unique individuals who should be encouraged to make informed choices that satisfy their needs and aspirations, thereby attaining a degree of personal fulfilment.

Through the achievement of the above we endeavour to provide respite and short breaks to carers and families gaining their trust and confidence by providing them with the assurance that their loved one will receive quality, personalised care and support.

The Objectives
  • Day services will be delivered flexibly, attentively, and in a non-discriminatory fashion.  Individual service users’ needs and values will be respected in matters of religion, culture, race or ethnic origin, sexuality and sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status and disabilities or impairments.

  • Staff will encourage and support each service user to make informed choices by way of regular consultation with them and/or their carer and to record this information in an individual personal plan which will be used as a tool to enable each service user opportunity to realise their potential informing staff of their personal decisions and preferences.

  • Through regular contact with service users and/or their carer and with the involvement of health and social care professionals, risk assessments will be undertaken to create an accurate analysis of service users’ needs thus ensuring that staff can provide the appropriate level of support to maintain the health and welfare of service users.

  • Our considered programme of activities will be designed to encourage service users to make the most of their competencies and abilities and to stimulate and promote engagement, enjoyment and boost self-esteem and personal satisfaction.

  • A formal programme of staff selection, recruitment, training and personal development will be adopted to ensure service users are supported by skilled and experienced staff who possess the attributes to best support their needs.

  • The Project will promote the development of working partnerships with other agencies and health care providers in order to maximise the effectiveness of an individual’s package of care.

  • Staff will ensure that our day services are delivered in accordance with agreed standards of care, local authority contracts and in line with relevant legislation.

  • Service users and/or carers will be made aware of the Project’s procedure for handling complaints and how to use it.  Complaints and worries will be listened to and acted upon promptly and fairly.

  • Staff will be aware of and comply with a strict policy in respect of adult safeguarding.

Criteria

The Project specialises in providing group support to individuals with a diagnosis of dementia and is staffed accordingly.  We can provide support to individuals with any of the following criteria who live in Corstorphine or its surrounding area and are aged 65 or over:

  • Would enjoy and benefit from group socialisation and support

  • Require accessible transport to and from their home

  • Use mobility aids and wheelchairs

  • Require assistance with their personal care needs

  • Have special dietary requirements

  • Require assistance taking medication

  • Are in receipt of direct payments

We will offer advice and support to identify alternative services wherever possible if an individual’s needs progress beyond what we can support, for example:

  • If regular one to one support is required

  • If spending time in groups is unsettling for the individual and affects others

  • If moving around safely (walking or in a wheelchair) necessitates support from more than one member of staff

  • If bathing or showering is required

  • If behavior becomes a risk to the individual or others around them