In Scotland, over 90,000 people have dementia. It is most common in older people but can affect people in their 40s and 50s or even younger.
The Eric Liddell Community is here to support people living with dementia, through dementia inclusive activities, our specialist Day Care Service, befriending and more.
Person centred care
The Eric Liddell Community is here to support people living with dementia.
We run a varied programme of support for people living with dementia, including our flagship Day Care Service, to help ensure older people can fulfil their potential with dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. Our support offers people living with dementia, whatever their stage of diagnosis, and their families, the chance for vital respite. It strives to enable people living with dementia to stay in their homes for longer by improving the quality of their lives through excellent care and support.
Services we offer for people
living with dementia
Day Care Service
Person-centred support and individually tailored programme of activities for people living with dementia.
Community Dementia Support
Group activities and social gatherings for people living with dementia and their carers.
Music Wellbeing Programme
Dementia inclusive music group for people living with dementia and their carers.
A friendship programme for people living with dementia with a trained volunteer.
Day Care Service
The Eric Liddell Community is dedicated to supporting people to live independently in their own home for longer.
One of our key services is our registered Day Care Service for older people with dementia or cognitive impairment which offers recreational, educational, cultural and social activities. For over 40 years we have been one of only a few specialist dementia services in the Edinburgh area with staff and volunteers trained and qualified to a level that enables us to provide a high level of service.
The Eric Liddell Community Day Care Service is dedicated to empowering clients to make informed choices and to engage with person-centred activities which meet their outcomes. We offer access to physical activity, sensory experience, a therapeutic garden, art, reminiscence work, music therapy and outings to places of interest.
The Day Care Service operates Monday to Friday. Transport for clients is available using South Edinburgh Amenities Group (SEAG). SEAG is a community transport operator which provides safe, accessible, door-to-door transport for clients. On arrival at the Community Hub, clients receive a light breakfast which includes fresh fruit. A hot, nutritious two course meal prepared on site by our chef is also provided as well as teas, coffees and refreshments.
What Day Care offers
Our range of meaningful, person-centred activities include discussion groups, open reading groups, knitting and sewing, seated and standing exercise, Tai Chi, dance, board games, baking, garden activities, manicure, hand massage and many more.
Our dedicated staff also meet with people living with dementia in the community to visit a place of their choice and provide digital support on Zoom.
The Eric Liddell Community Day Care Service is unique in offering people living with dementia access to a stimulating and intriguing environment that can heighten awareness and encourage participants to relax and engage with their surroundings in a safe, failure-free and non-clinical setting. Our Multi-Sensory Room optimises the effects of various stimulus and can have calming effects for people living with dementia.
All clients have the opportunity to learn how to use new technology and to grow more confident when using an IT device. We use an interactive ViewBoard for our person-centred activities and can provide one-to-one support for clients who wish to increase their knowledge of IT.
Community Dementia Support
Our dementia inclusive activities aim to connect carers and people living with dementia with others in a similar situation to provide a sense of community.
Liddell Lions Lunch break Programme
The Liddell Lions Lunch break Programme is a weekly lunch group attended by carers and people living with dementia. Participants share lunch together and participate in a variety of activities. These activities aim to bring people together and improve health and wellbeing.
Clients are offered appropriate physical activity groups and classes.
On Fridays we organise an activity away from the community hub. This is to connect with other local initiatives and do something different in the week. This could be anything from a visit to a garden, gallery or dementia friendly theatre.
“I had a great time yesterday [at the Liddell Lions Lunch break Programme]. I could not stop smiling on my way home. I don’t really have belly laughs anymore but I did yesterday. It was great to feel that feeling again.”
Music Wellbeing Programme
The Music Wellbeing Programme is a dementia inclusive activity, where people living with dementia and their carers gather in a relaxed setting with others in a similar situation to learn and practice music together to enhance health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation.
Particularly for clients living with dementia, the use of familiar songs and music has been widely researched and applied, due to the unique power that music has to evoke memories: people, places and life events can all come to the forefront of a person’s mind, strengthening a person’s sense of self – who they are and what they have done throughout their life.
Eric’s Encore is a dementia inclusive music group. It is an opportunity to get together, play, sing, have fun and share memories through music.
Liddell Lyrics is a weekly music group, where clients learn different themes and song writing techniques, which will provide stimulus to share stories and ideas within a dementia inclusive group. A fun way to experience music and be creative.
Music Memories is run by ‘Forget me Notes’. We work to provide experiences where people can express themselves more fully than they might be able to in other environments. The use of music and singing allows people to use the words of others to express how they feel.
Lunchtime and Afternoon Tea Concerts are open to anyone in our community to join a concert followed by a soup and sandwich lunch or an afternoon tea.
Playlist for life
We have been working with Playlist for Life as a Playlist for Life Help Point for several years. At The Eric Liddell Community we support people living with dementia to access free information, resources and to create personalised playlists.
“My mum really enjoys this every week, and she is always smiling when I see her after your sessions.”
Care to Chat is a Befriending Service for carers. It matches unpaid carers with trained volunteers to provide companionship, a listening ear, support to relieve the stresses of day-to-day life. The service aims to provide a social outlet and a break from caring responsibilities. Befriending helps carers feel less isolated by bringing companionship, a listening ear and by helping the discovery of new interests, offering the befriendee an opportunity to have fun, relax and enjoy themselves.
We would not be able to run any of our services without the help of our volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with us, we would love to hear from you.
Helpful links & information
We hope you will find the answers to your questions here, but if you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Duty of Candour Report
Referrals are received through Social Care Direct (Tel 0131 200 2324).
If you or somebody you know may benefit from attending The Eric Liddell Community’s Day Care Service, please make contact with the Social Care Direct Team https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/socialcaredirect to make this request. Once you have requested this you will be assessed by the Edinburgh Health and Social Care’s Health and Social Care Team. Alternatively, you can contact the Day Care Service Manager, Caroline Heenan, on 0131 447 4520 or at email@example.com .
Funding is received from the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and from charitable trusts, companies and the general public. Clients are asked to pay a daily contribution towards their placement of £10 – this helps cover the cost of meals and transport.
Care Inspectorate Info
Following our most recent Care Inspectorate visit we were awarded Grade 6 “Excellent” for Quality of Care and Support. You can access the report at https://www.careinspectorate.com/ .
Since 2017 the Herbert Protocol has been used many times to help police and other agencies quickly and safely locate missing people who have dementia. The scheme was rolled out nationwide on 21 September, 2021.
Families of a person with the condition are asked to download the Herbert Protocol form and provide information such as places of importance to them, often visited places, health issues and places they have been found in the past if reported missing. Ownership and responsibility for updating the form remains with the family.
Following its introduction in Scotland, the Hebert Protocol has been used many times to trace missing people with dementia and return them home. It is another example of how emergency and care services are working together to keep those with dementia safe.
You can learn more about the Herbert Protocol from PC Yocksan Bell (Missing Persons Co-ordinator) in the video below.
Please note – the following video will open in YouTube (of Google) who may collect data and is subject to their privacy and cookie policies.
Herbert Protocol Form (Word document)View/download
The Eric Liddell Day Care Service
All health and social care services in Scotland have a duty of candour. This is a legal requirement which means that when things go wrong and mistakes happen, the people affected understand what has happened, receive an apology, and that organisations learn how to improve for the future.
An important part of this duty is that we provide an annual report about the duty of candour in our services. This short report describes how our care service has operated the duty of candour during the time between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. We hope you find this report useful.
1. How many incidents happened to which the duty of candour applies?
In the past year, there have been no incidents to which the duty of candour applied.
2. Information about our policies and procedures:
Where something has happened that triggers the duty of candour, our Day Care service staff report this to the Day Care Service, Manager who has responsibility for ensuring that the duty of candour procedure is followed.
The Manager records the incident and reports as necessary to the Care Inspectorate. When an incident has happened, the manager and staff set up a reflection and learning review. This allows everyone involved to review what happened and identify any changes for the future.
All new Day Care staff members learn about the duty of candour at their induction process and complete duty of candour training. We know that serious mistakes can be distressing for staff as well as people who use care services, carers and families. We have occupational welfare support in place for our staff if they have been affected by a duty of candour incident. If you would like to know more about the Eric Liddell Day Care Service please contact us Tel: 0131 447 4520 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eric Liddell Centre Day Care Service 2021