The Mungo Foundation was awarded £20,000 for the period of September 2018 to August 2020. Funding was for Bankhall Court Care Home, a Specialised Dementia Residential care setting in the Govanhill area of Glasgow.
The Life Changes Trust invested a total of £135,000 to ensure that the rights of people living with dementia in care homes are recognised and respected. Care homes across Scotland received funding to demonstrate how they support the inclusion and participation of residents with dementia in a meaningful way, so that residents have a genuine say in their own day to day lives.
Each of the funded projects is designed to show how the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Standards will work in practice, demonstrating how to treat residents with real respect and dignity and uphold their human rights.
Bankhall Court aims to actively promote and protect the rights of people with dementia, giving them access to activities and adventures that will enhance their lives. It also aims to provide the people with dementia with more individual choice and control over choosing their adventures.
An active social life is key to helping people with dementia feel happy and motivated. Encouraging creativity, gentle exercise, or taking part in activities helps people to realise their potential, improve their self-esteem and reduce loneliness. Bankhall works with people with dementia, their families and carers to remove barriers to leading a fulfilling life.
The funding will help develop a full programme of regular activities, based on consultations with residents. These can be simple things that will improve daily life, or larger goals that people will be supported to work towards, for example getting outdoors, accessing fitness, engaging with the wider community, or gardening/visiting a garden centre. Bankhall Court will actively promote the rights of care home residents living with dementia by making sure that their voice is heard, ensuring individuals are empowered to make the decisions that they can, providing tailored support to achieve this and involving the person with dementia in making plans for their future and promoting independence.