The Alzheimers Scotland Solas Day Centre in Stornoway closed on 13th March due to COVID-19, but employees quickly sprang into action to look at what could be delivered online to continue therapeutic relationships.
Employees undertook training such as Attend Anywhere for Dementia Advisor 1-1 sessions and peer group sessions for carers and families and these digital platforms are now in place. Online support is also available through activity packs for non-internet users and door step visits to those in need.
Marion MacInnes, Locality Leader said, “We are trying our best to stay connected and to support those in need during this time. Our remaining employees are keeping in contact with people and families to monitor any changes, issues or support needs.
“We are also delivering goody bags to all Solas and Peer Support Groups in addition to supporting people through phone calls, texting and emailing. We are offering a loan of IT equipment and support with set up in partnership with the Library and low level home support is available for people in critical need.”
There will be a full programme of digital activities announced next week, which will be delivered over Zoom. Dementia Awareness sessions will be available online. For more information please visit the Alzheimers Scotland Website (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) or the local Alzheimers Scotland Western Isles Facebook (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) page.
The Solas Day Centre will continue to work with national organisations and the Scottish Government. This work has included highlighting any key themes emerging around anything that affects the human rights and support needs for people with dementia and their carers, as well as more practical issues.