Jenny’s Well was awarded £20,000 for the period of August 2018 to July 2020.
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.
Through this funding, Royal Blind will work with residents who are vision impaired and have dementia to ensure that any activities carried out are chosen by them.
They will aim to offer a wide range of options which are based on the residents’ preferences and are most effective in enhancing their lives in the way that is important to them. Ensuring older people have a voice in decisions about their care and support is a principle which is already an important aspect of the work of Royal Blind. The work will be led by Jenny’s Well’s two existing ‘Meaningful Activities Assistants’ who will speak with residents who are able, observe interactions with those with communication difficulties and gain input from families to discover what they most enjoy doing.
More provision will be commissioned from external organisations to support people with dementia. This could include activities within the home such as providing entertainment, using new technology that can improve accessibility for those with a visual impairment and it could also mean outings for those residents with the capacity/interest in doing so.
Royal Blind will develop resources so this expertise can be shared with other care homes supporting people with sight loss and dementia.