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About Us


Our Principles | Background | Our Care Provision | Information, Advice and Training
Carers Support | Statistics

The Aims of the dementia carers group:

  1. To provide a quality service for the benefit of people with dementia and Carers.
  2. To continually strive to improve the quality of care, support and opportunities given to Service Users and Carers.
  3. To maximise Service User and Carer involvement in line with our policy on Inclusion and Participation.
  4. To use our homely environment for the provision of personalised care and as a base for regular trips and outings.
  5. To be flexible in responding to the needs and choices of Service Users and Carers.
  6. That the ratio of Service Users to direct care staff will not exceed 3:1.
  7. To work in partnership with other Groups and Organisations for the benefit of people with dementia and Carers.
  8. To ensure that care provided meets or exceeds the National Care Standards for Support Services.
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Our Principles:

PRINCIPLE ONE
People with dementia have the same human values as anyone else, irrespective of their degree of disability or dependence.

PRINCIPLE TWO
People with dementia have the same varied needs as anyone else.

PRINCIPLE THREE
People with dementia have the same rights as other citizens unless restricted by a legal process (and then only to the extent allowed by the law).

PRINCIPLE FOUR
Every person with dementia is an individual.

PRINCIPLE FIVE
People with dementia have the right to forms of support which do not exploit family and friends.

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Background

Formed in December 1990 by the Carers of people with dementia. Not for profit, registered charity, run by a voluntary management committee. Provide high-quality personalised care for people with dementia, and support for carers. Provide information, advice and training to the general public and other organisations.

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Our Care Provision

We are the only charity in East Kilbride providing this kind of service!

Our daycare is based in a small homely building, which makes it appear more like ‘visiting a friend’ than attending a centre! We have a high ratio of staff and volunteers to Service Users, meaning that we can spend plenty of time with each individual who attends; getting to know them, their likes and dislikes, and building up careplans that are unique to each individual. More importantly… building relationships with them, earning their trust, and supporting them.

Within daycare, we provide a wide range of activities, including: Reminiscence, Arts & Crafts, Quizzes, Music Therapy, board games, hairdressing, baking, gentle exercises, prize bingo, dancing, and karaoke.

We also have our own fully accessible mini-bus with wheelchair access, and often take our service users on trips and outings, to places like: Luss, Troon, Transport Museum, Peoples Palace, Scotland Street School Museum, Scottish Football Museum, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Burrell Collection, Maidens, and barge trips along the Forth & Clyde Canal. We have even had people in their 80’s on an Astraglide and on the dodgems!

1-1 outings have included escorting people: for a haircut; to football matches; to concerts; on shopping trips; to church; to visit friends; and simply out to share coffee and a scone!

Our 4-weekly Service User forums ensure that we listen to the people who use our service and respond to their needs, wishes and preferences.

We regularly give people A4 photographs of themselves on trips and outings to help them capture the moment and to allow family and friends to share in the happiness of the experience. It's amazing how seeing a picture of yourself enjoying yourself can put a smile on your face!

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Information, Advice and Training

We are happy to provide information, advice and training to carers, people with dementia, groups, care-workers and members of the general public.

In accordance with our Aims and Objectives, we are happy to provide this service free of charge. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further or take advantage of this service.

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Carers Support

As our Group was originally formed by Carers, we regard supporting Carers as an important part of our service provision. We have an active Carers Support Group, which meets first Tuesday of every month at 7pm in our daycare centre. These meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend, and are a mixture of Informal meetings, Guest speakers, and Social evenings; each aimed to inform and support Carers of people with dementia.

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Statistics - THIS CONCERNS US ALL!

In total, an estimated 820,000 people in the UK have dementia. There will be over one million people with dementia in the UK by 2025. This will soar to 1.7 million by 2050. (Source, www.alzheimers.org.uk, July 2012)

It is estimated that there are 84,000 people in Scotland with dementia,and that the figure will double to 168,000 in just 25 years. (Source, dementiascotland, June 2011 )

Of the 32 Local Authority areas in Scotland, South Lanarkshire has the fourth highest prevelence of dementia (est 4,890 people), with only Glasgow (7,707), Edinburgh (7,407) and Fife (6,234) having more. In actual fact, Lanarkshire as a whole (9,252) has 20% more people with dementia than the highest region in Scotland (Glasgow). (Alzheimer’s Scotland, July 2012)

Official figures projected that within South Lanarkshire, the number of people with dementia would increase over a 10 year period by 18%. ( SLC Local Housing Strategy 2004-2009)

Over that same period, the figure for East Kilbride was not 18%, but an estimated at 45%, due primarily to the artificial demographics of a New Town. (SLC Local Housing Strategy 2004-2009)

Over 1,000 people in East Kilbride are reckoned to have some form of dementia.


Since first providing daycare in 1993, the Group has provided 173,000, hours of care to people with dementia, 11,000 of those being in 2010/2011.

Official figures projected that within South Lanarkshire, the number of people with dementia would increase over a 10 year period by 18%.

Over that same period, the figure for East Kilbride was not 18%, but an estimated at 45%. (source, SLC Local Housing Strategy 2004-2009)

In total, an estimated 820,000 people in the UK have dementia. There will be over one million people with dementia in the UK by 2025. (Source, Alzheimer‘s Research Trust - www.dementia2010.org)

However, Dementia costs the UK economy £23 billion per year (previously estimated to be £17 billion). That is twice the cost of cancer (£12 billion per year), three times the cost of heart disease (£8 billion per year) and four times the cost of stroke (£5 billion).

Combined government and charitable investment in dementia research is 12 times lower than spending on cancer research. £590 million is spent on cancer research each year, while just £50 million is invested in dementia research. Heart disease receives £169 million per year and stroke research £23 million.

For every £1 million in care costs for the disease, £129,269 is spent on cancer research, £73,153 on heart disease research, £8,745 on stroke research and just £4,882 on dementia research.

Every dementia patient costs the economy £27,647 per year: more than the UK median salary (£24,700). By contrast, patients with cancer cost £5,999, stroke £4,770 and heart disease £3,455 per year. (Source, Alzheimer‘s Research Trust - www.dementia2010.org)

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