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Intergenerational approach provides secret to happy Stirlingshire care home in partnership with Ontex Global

March 30, 2020

At Falls of Dochart care home in Stirlingshire, an intergenerational and fun approach to care has been a positive for the community. Previously a hotel, it became a care home in 1995 and a registered charity in 2002.

On Friday 1st November 2019, the Falls of Dochart Care Home ran one of its regular community tea parties to bring together different community groups including the village nursery, the school and Connect (an organisation supporting people in the community with issues such as mental health and isolation).

Care home manager Mandy Hay, comments: “Our residents come from the local area and are likely to know the staff, which helps to create a real family atmosphere.

“Our residents are also very active in the local community for example going on walks, visiting the nursery and attending exercise classes in the local hotel.

“We often have visitors from the local school coming to the care home and vice-versa, for example we recently held a World War 2 day, and this intergenerational approach really works. The home is run by 10 volunteers on a board of directors and it really is a case of being run by the community, for the community.

“We are also fortunate enough to partner with Ontex Global and the training and support they provide is highly beneficial to our residents, helping them actively participate in the activities we run.”

Ontex’ nurse advisor commented: “We started working with The Falls of Dochart Nursing Home three years ago when we took on the NHS contract for supplying continence care products to nursing homes across Scotland. This is an extremely well-run care home, with lovely staff who really make a difference to the lives of their residents.”

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