Balhousie Wheatland’s Care Home has been shortlisted for the Most Innovative Partnership award at this year’s prestigious Scottish Dementia Awards. The Stirlingshire Care Home has been recognised for their work with Lingo Flamingo CIC, a social enterprise that teaches foreign languages to vulnerable adults. The tailored sessions, which were introduced into the Care Home late last year, aim to help residents with early forms of dementia by improving communication, cognitive development and their inter-personal skills.
With 7.7m people worldwide diagnosed with dementia each year, projects such as this can prove vital to the delaying the symptoms of dementia and improving the wellbeing of those living with the illness. Yvonne Manson, Balhousie Care Group Dementia Lead, explained why projects like this are so important:
“A recent study highlighted the positive effects of learning a second language, which is said to delay some symptoms of dementia by up to five years. Living with dementia can often be a very isolating and frightening time. Projects such as this are not designed to make residents fluent in a foreign language, but aims to engage resident’s brains, enables them to enjoy social interaction with other residents and perhaps evoke memories of past trips abroad.”
“At Balhousie, we are always looking for alternative therapies to help alleviate the symptoms for residents living with dementia. This is the first time we’ve run a project like this but the response has been encouraging.”
Grace Sloan, Home Manager at Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home, added:
“I’m absolutely thrilled that Wheatland’s has been shortlisted for their work on this fantastic project. It’s been such a delight to see our residents learning foreign languages with the tutors from Lingo Flamingo and, from week to week, seeing how they have developed and enjoyed each session has been wonderful.”
Balhousie Wheatlands Care Home in Bonnybridge is the first Care Home from the Balhousie Care Group to introduce the project. It has proved such a success that Balhousie hopes to roll it out across more of their Care Homes across the North East of Scotland.
The Scottish Dementia Awards will take place at a glittering ceremony on Thursday 22nd September, 2016 at The Marriott in Glasgow.
Residents enjoying a Spanish Class held by Lingo Flamingo tutor Eva,
To find out more about Balhousie Care Group, visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk