Avonbridge Care Home Residents Meet Minister for Older People & Equalities

Residents at Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton recently received the opportunity to grill their local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall, and Stonehouse, during an official visit to the home.

Christine McKelvie, who is also the current Scottish Minister for Older People and Equalities, spent an afternoon chatting with residents about what is important to them and their views on local issues. The residents really appreciated having their thoughts listened to.

Following her chat with the MSP, Avonbridge resident Agnes Brown, commented: “It was good getting to speak to Christina. I used to pay attention to politics but don’t really bother as much now, but it was good to speak to her about what was going on in our area.”

She joked: “I was hoping she could tell us what was going on with this Brexit carry-on, but I don’t think even she knew what is going on with that!”

Creating a Dementia-Friendly Environment

Mrs McKelvie also spent time having a tour of the facility and met members of the care team. During the tour, she learned of the home’s plans to adapt further areas of Avonbridge Care Home for the benefit of residents living with dementia.

Commenting on her visit, Christina McKelvie MSP said: “It was great to visit Avonbridge again and get a look around the lovely home. I had a wonderful afternoon chatting to the residents and hearing about all the work the staff have planned to revamp the home to make it even more dementia-friendly!”

Upcoming plans include installing specially designed murals to aid with reminiscence therapy. Depicting scenes from times gone by, these murals can help to create a familiar and comforting environment for those living with dementia. The team at Avonbridge will be installing these over the next few weeks.

Avonbridge’s Home Manager, Michelle Ruiz-Beltran, said: “We are delighted to be a part of our local community. That’s why it was such a pleasure to welcome Ms McKelvie to look round our home and spend an afternoon discussing local issues with our residents.”


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