(dementia day care service)
The Beacon Club offers day care to older people with dementia on Mondays and Thursdays in The Broomhouse Centre, and on Wednesdays in Juniper Green. Both groups are small – offering only 9 or 10 places per day.
Clients are offered refreshments on arrival, a choice of hot meals at lunchtime, and a blend of activities according to their preferences, abilities and needs. Transport is provided with a trained escort, to and from the club.
The club aims to improve the quality of life for people with what is often a socially isolating condition, as well as support them to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible. Carers are given the opportunity to take a break while clients are at the club.
The club helps to monitor problems which may arise throughout the course of the illness and offers advice to clients and carers on where to go for help. Staff keep up links with other caring organisations.
Clients make a small contribution weekly to costs.
Queensberry House Trust
Past activities have included outings to places like the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, the Water of Leith Heritage Centre and trips on a Seagull Trust barge on the Union Canal. We have worked with clients individually to help them tell the story of their lives in their personal “Life Story” book. Periodically the group undertakes an arts project such as making a colourful and inventive display for the wall. Each year, those who like gardening plant up the raised tubs in front of the Centre with bedding plants.
Volunteer with us
The club is run by two part-time staff members and a team of volunteers. Volunteers can gain valuable experience of working with older people in a supportive environment. The volunteering role can enable personal satisfaction from helping others, provide the opportunity to gain new friends and for some it can be a stepping stone to a career in care. We welcome inquiries from anyone interested in volunteering with us. Please contact Nancy Bryson on 0131 455 7731 if you would like to find out more or are interested in joining us.
How to make a referral
Anyone can make a referral so if you care for someone elderly with dementia who would like to come along please get in touch. Referrals are also received from Health and Social Care Department, G.P. Surgeries, Health Professionals, Hospitals and other relevant agencies or individuals. For further information contact the Project Manager on 0131 455 7731.
The Beacon Club was founded in 1994 and has been funded by a variety of funders over the years.
What the Beacon Club Clients Say
Club members have commented,
“It gets you out for the day and you meet other people.”
“Everyone is very friendly and welcoming.”
Carers have commented:
“My mother loves the club and I can’t thank you enough for the lift in her life you have given her.”
“Staff always make time to listen to the carer.”
To start with, please contact Nancy Bryson, the Project Manager, on 0131 455 7731 or email: email@example.com