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NEWS: Dementia friendly funding for care homes in East Ayrshire

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A new project in East Ayrshire will see care homes in the area become more dementia friendly, thanks to £225,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust.

The project is a partnership between the University of the West of Scotland and East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, and is based on a UK-wide initiative called ‘My Home Life’, which aims to improve the quality of life of people who are living permanently in care homes. 

This project will specifically involve people living with dementia in twenty care homes across the region, in both rural and urban communities.

Care homes in East Ayrshire are already working to strengthen community ties and offer various activity programmes for people living with dementia.  This funding will be used to build on this work and further strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and the wider community.

Each care home will explore with residents what community involvement means for them, and will look at how community connections can be developed and improved so that residents can be involved in ways that matter to them.

Staff, family and friends of those living with dementia will be involved in trying out a variety of new ideas, activities and initiatives in the care setting and in the wider community.

As well as the £225,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust, the University of the West of Scotland and East Ayrshire Council will also contribute in-kind funding totalling £205,000.

Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland, said,  “We are delighted to have secured funding from Life Changes Trust for this exciting new project which will build on our strong relationship with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Through this project we will work closely with care home residents living with dementia and those who support them to discover what matters to them, their hopes and aspirations and what being part of a dementia friendly community means to them.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Older People and Community Safety with East Ayrshire Council, said,  “Dementia can really affect someone’s life in a number of ways and they can often end up isolated. Here in East Ayrshire, we are constantly striving to make sure no one is left feeling lonely and getting the community involved with our care homes is definitely having a positive impact on our residents with dementia. This funding from the Life Changes Trust is fantastic as it gives us the opportunity to further involve the community in our care homes and bridge the gap between all our residents here in East Ayrshire.”

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