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Rt Hon. Alistair Darling MP visits The Salvation Army’s Davidson House Care Home to see work in the community

10 May 2013 - 5:04pm
| by Gaby

Rt Hon. Alistair Darling MP chats to resident Eleanor Gordon

Alistair Darling, MP for Edinburgh South West, visited the local Salvation Army care home today (10 May) Davidson House, in his constituency.

Davidson House Care Home in Edinburgh provides quality residential care and assistance for older people who are no longer able to live independently in their own home.

Davidson House offers various activities for residents both within the home and outside it. Activities held within the home include: cake decoration; knitting; reading aloud; bingo and dominos; and film nights. There are also regular visits from bands, entertainers, and local school groups. Recent visits outside the home have included a trip to the water of Leith centre. From the 21 May there will also be “living eggs” (a chick hatching programme) situated in the home for residents to observe and enjoy.

During the visit, the politician chatted with residents and staff, and toured the facilities which include 40 en-suite bedrooms along with a private garden and kitchenettes for residents. All current residents are aged over 70 with three quarters of them suffering from dementia.

Rt Hon. Alistair Darling MP meets home manager Hilary Forbes

Afterwards, Alistair Darling MP said: ‘I was delighted to visit Davidson House Care Home to meet the residents and to hear from staff about the work they do. The Salvation Army does important work in providing suppot for older people who are no longer able to live independently in their own home and to help them enjoy their later years.’

The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need in every community.

Home Manager, Hilary Forbes, said: ‘The Salvation Army wants older people to feel fulfilled in their later life. We were pleased to show Mr Darling around the home and to have the opportunity to tell him more about the work that we do on a daily basis. Our programmes cater to individual needs and ensure older people are treated with dignity and respect. The care we provide engages the whole person and addresses their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We encourage residents to make choices which enhance and enrich their life, to participate in activities which bring them fulfilment and to share fellowship easing possible isolation.’

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