Statement by David Thomson, Associate Nurse Director, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
NHS Ayrshire & Arran is delighted to have won the ‘Best Innovation in Continuing Healthcare’ category at the recent Alzheimer Scotland awards and to have our work recognised at a national level.
The GAME (Get to know me, Active assessment, Maintaining meaningful skills, Everyday) project was created in Ward 3, Woodland View which is an assessment unit for older people with dementia. The project focussed on working with families, carers and patients, with the aim of improving quality of life and meaningful outcomes for people with dementia, by engaging them in meaningful activities.
Under the strong leadership of Senior Charge Nurse Stephanie McClymont and her enthusiastic professional team, the staff of Ward 3 worked closely with Craig Potter from Onside Ayrshire who was instrumental in ensuring the project was able to use community resources to engage patients in fun physical activity sessions, interactive musical sessions, a golfing range and indoor bowling.
The project has encouraged patients to feel more included in activities and get involved in different roles which has, in turn, improved their quality of life and experience.