BBC highlights award winning CrossReach dementia project

Residents are visited weekly by pupils from Bun Sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis School. The project aims to increase the wellbeing of the residents and to help the youngsters develop their Gaelic and social skills.

The amazing work by staff at Cameron House using Gaelic in helping residents with dementia is being featured by BBC Scotland today.

Native Gaelic speakers with dementia are being helped to remember their lives and early memories through conversations in their language with school children, at Cameron House, Inverness, run by CrossReach, the Church of Scotland's social care provider.

The project is helping older people living with dementia by breaking down language and generation barriers.
Residents are visited weekly by pupils from Bun Sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis School. The project aims to increase the well-being of the residents and to help the youngsters develop their Gaelic and social skills.

Margaret Morrison, activities co-ordinator at Cameron House, said the conversations give the residents a 'sense of purpose.'

Speaking on today's BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland, http://bbc.in/1CmIXYJ (link available until May 7) said: 'The objectives of the project are primarily to enable our Gaelic speakers to converse in their native tongue and to enable the children to develop their language skills by using it conversationally.

'It gives our service users a sense of purpose and usefulness by assisting the children with their language.'

Described as an 'excellent platform to break down prejudices and misunderstandings about dementia' the partnership between Cameron House and the primary school last year won the Best Innovation in Continuing Care' category at Scotland's Dementia Awards.

Scotland's Dementia Awards showcase the creativity, innovation and dedication of staff, which impacts the daily lives of people living with dementia and their families. The awards show how, across Scotland, policy is being sustainably put into best shared practice.

Cameron House is also featured in today's lunchtime and evening bulletin of BBC Scotland's Reporting Scotland and links to the clips will be added when available.