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Malcolm Chisholm MSP visits empowering care home

Malcolm Chisholm MSP meets the inspiring residents and staff at Eagle Lodge Care Home

Malcolm Chisholm MSP visited a Salvation Army home in Edinburgh that is enabling older people to have a greater quality of life in their later years on Monday 10 June.

Eagle Lodge Salvation Army Care Home at Ferry Road provides care to 33 older people, some with dementia, who can no longer live independently. All staff play a central role in creating a positive culture where residents’ rights are promoted, ensuring they are active participants in care decisions. Families also work with staff to ensure care is best tailored to the needs of their loved ones.

Daily, residents can take part in meaningful activities with the purpose of enhancing quality of life and maintaining physical and mental well-being. Activities are designed to be creative and to stimulate thinking or memory, such as music, art, flower-arranging, chair exercise and walking. Other tasks support everyday living – folding washing and setting tables. Residents can also participate in organised activities from watching films to singing or enjoying shopping trips.

Resident Nell Borthwick, 101, chats to the MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith

Malcolm Chisholm said: “The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to those who are most vulnerable. Throughout its history, The Salvation Army has worked to empower people so they can support themselves and live with dignity. I was pleased to see The Salvation Army’s Eagle Lodge Care Home offers care to older people tailored to their individual needs. It was inspiring to hear that staff encourage families to be part of that process so that loved ones can enjoy the best quality of life in their later years.”

Home Manager Mr Ian Bell said: “The Salvation Army wants older people to feel fulfilled in their later life. Our staff work hard to ensure residents feel safe and at home at Eagle Lodge and to enjoy the best quality of life. People come here to live and that is why we undertook a big refurbishment project to improve our service provision, ensuring we take our commitment to offering a high quality standard of living seriously.

“The care we offer engages the whole person and addresses their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We encourage residents and families to make choices which enhance and enrich their life, to participate in activities which bring them fulfilment and to share socially which eases possible isolation.”