AN INNOVATIVE project to help older people, particularly those suffering from dementia, has been launched this week by NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

‘Pocket ideas... a moment in time’ is a pocket tool designed to help older people be involved in meaningful conversations with other people.

The award-winning scheme promotes the importance of meaningful activity for those in hospital and care homes, with the main focus being on those who suffer from dementia.

The launch saw over 150 delegates attending, with members of staff from the NHS, the three health and social care partnerships, the voluntary sector, partner agencies and local care homes just some of the groups that were there.

Andrea Boyd, Occupational Therapist and Project Manager, said: “How we approach people matters, and how we help people engage in purposeful activity is key. We wanted to give those working with older people a simple tool to allow them to do just that.

“Pocket ideas is full of ideas and activities to stimulate and engage with older people. The project promotes increased self-esteem, reduces the risk of low mood, and empowers people to achieve their own person-centred goals.” The project has already been recognised nationally after scooping the best acute care initiative award at Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2014. The team also won the Light bulb moment award at this year’s Ayrshire Achieves Awards.

Andrea added: “Pocket ideas could not have become a reality without the enthusiasm, inspiration and creativity of the activity team. Special thanks also to the many other people – staff, patients and relatives – who supported the project and encouraged us throughout. I’m so proud of what we have achieved and I’m sure all our hard work will benefit many older people.” To find out more about the project or to get a copy of ‘Pocket ideas... a moment in time’, email