Individuals and Families
Acredale House provides holistic care for adults over 50 years of age. Acredale specialises in a client centred approach for those individuals who may have some cognitive/ mental health issues or require additional physical support. The Centre offers individual assessment and activities that promote memory stimulation, activity and companionship in a safe and caring environment.
Private clients are self-funding at a cost of £40 per day, this includes snacks, lunches and transport where needed.
Informal visits or contact can be made prior to referral. The Centre Manager can be contacted on email@example.com or 01506 634288.
For a funded place, referral to the service is via a Health or Social Care Professional for example GP, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist.
Health and Social Care Staff
Referrals can be made for funded places from Health and Social Care professionals via the West Lothian Council Service Matching Unit. Each person referred will be assessed and this will include a financial assessment.
What Happens Next
When a request or referral is for an older person to attend the Centre, we will allocate a key worker. This key worker will arrange with them, their carer or family member to visit at home as the first stage of our support and getting to know them. The key worker will also carry out an initial assessment which then helps to identify their individual needs.
We take a person-centred approach to caring for older people over the age of 50, tailoring a care and support package to suit the person’s needs. This is especially important for someone living with dementia. The key worker will get to know the person they’re looking after, what their likes and dislikes are, what activities or hobbies they enjoy, and the names of their loved ones. Taking this person-centred approach can help reduce anxiety and stress.
As we witness the increase of people living with dementia being referred to the service, we have seen how upsetting and unsettling it can initially be for someone with dementia to come along to the Centre and be introduced to people they have never met before. To try and make the pathway to attending easier for both the older person and their carer we have developed our service to offer a Care at Home service which supports the person with dementia for a few weeks until they have become acquainted with their keyworker and feel ready to start attending the Centre for a few hours. This phased approach will not be necessary for all.
Over the course of a few weeks, the key worker will begin to develop a personal care plan which will set out what the person wishes to achieve during their time in the Centre. This offers the key worker an opportunity to discuss any additional support and care that may be needed and whether to involve professionals from other agencies, as well as to document the progress the person has made, what has interested them and activities they have been involved in. This plan is regularly adapted as needs change and after six months a more thorough review is undertaken. Family members or carers can also be invited along to support the older person and discuss any issues they may have.
All discussions and information gathered are treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with others unless legally obligated to do so.
Acredale House works in partnership with a range of other agencies including Social Work and NHS.