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Balhousie Care Group
has created a dedicated team to manage its dementia services, as part of its
commitment to be the best in dementia care.

The 25-strong care home
group has promoted Yvonne Manson, who heads up its dementia services
group-wide, to Operations Dementia Manager. An award-winning expert in
dementia, Yvonne was formerly dementia nurse consultant. Balhousie Care has
also created two dementia facilitator posts which are filled by Cheryl Davies,
previously manager of Balhousie Stormont Lodge in Blairgowrie, and Emma
Roberts, a long-time
care home nurse who
was involved in opening a care home unit specifically for people with dementia.

Balhousie Care’s first
meeting of dementia ambassadors – dedicated individuals in each care home who
ensure that the group’s best practices in dementia are filtered through to all
care home staff – took place in January. Topics for discussion were cognitive
stimulation therapy, which provides meaningful activities to help with memory
and mental functioning, and Namaste Care, which provides multi-sensory therapy,
music and massage for people with advanced dementia.

Yvonne, winner in 2018
of a RCNi Leadership Award and National Care Award for leadership for her
dementia work, said:

“Cheryl Davies
supported activities coordinators and wellbeing coordinators with psychosocial
interventions before becoming manager of our Stormont Lodge care home. She
comes with a wealth of knowledge but is also aware of the day to day pressures
and demands in the running of a care home. Her skills will add a huge amount to
the new dementia services team. We appointed Emma a few months ago and she has
already started an MSc in gerontology and dementia, a three-year commitment.
These two appointments mean we are able to offer more services and support to
our dementia ambassadors which has already started with the launch of our
yearlong enhanced dementia program.”

The news follows
Balhousie Care’s announcement last month that two of its care homes, Balhousie
Rumbling Bridge in Kinross and Balhousie North Grove in Perth, are achieving
record levels of dementia care. The homes achieved the group’s best scores yet
in dementia care thanks to its activities and staff communication. Part of
Balhousie Care Group’s delivery of excellent dementia services is to
continuously monitor or ‘map’ residents’ experiences and score staff and homes
accordingly.

To find out more about
Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk