Alzheimer Scotland ‘Forget Me Not’ Befriending in Care Homes
Alzheimer Scotland was awarded £105,000 in October 2015 to run until September 2020.
The Forget Me Not service is a dementia friendly community project that aims to provide people with dementia living in care homes (or in long term hospital care) with regular, consistent contact with a befriender, to give them companionship and to help improve their mental, physical and social well-being. It also aims to address the social needs of people with dementia and their carers to make sure their quality of life and activities are not reduced and they can continue to do the things that matter most to them.
Volunteers are matched with people with dementia so that they can participate in activities together, such as going for walks, visiting the local cafe, listening to music, reading together and going to the theatre.
Forget Me Not was set up in 2008 to recruit and train volunteers to befriend people with dementia who are living in care homes or are in long term hospital care. The Life Changes Trust funding allowed them to build upon their existing model and broaden its scope to benefit more people with dementia across Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire and also to offer additional elements of support.
As a result of this project, people with dementia in care homes have experienced improved mental, physical and social well-being as well as an increase in opportunities to take part in social and community-based activities. They are also supported to remain valued members of the community.