The Beacon Club offers day care to older people with dementia on Mondays and Thursdays in the Broomhouse Centre, on Tuesday's at the Currie Community Centre, 280 Lanark Road West and on Wednesday in the hall at St Margaret's Court, in Juniper Green, which is a Hanover Housing property.
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.
The club costs £10.00 per day which covers transport, lunch and refreshments, activities and outings.
Include - quizzes, board games, gentle exercise, music & singing, guest speakers, reminiscence and various other social activities according to their preferences, abilities and needs. Day trips and special events are also arranged throughout the year.
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.
Two course lunch and tea/coffee and biscuits are served throughout the day.
Transport with a trained escort to and from the venue is provided (included in the price) . Alternatively, you can make your own way to us or travel with your carer.
We can provide transport in the following areas:
Catchment area: South Edinburgh, Broomhouse and surrounding area.
We take new members regularly so if you care for someone elderly with dementia who would like to come along please get in touch. Anyone can make a referral. There is a short form to complete and then the Project Manager will visit the person with dementia at home to assess whether the club can meet their needs.