Denise, Elizabeth and myself arrived late last evening after another amazing day and drive to Stornoway I sat down by the harbor early this morning reflecting on a wonderful few days so far spending time with people and backgrounds that make my heart smile.
The day started with great conversations, getting to know each other and a wee selfie.
Elizabeth Shelby, @NHSWI dementia nurse consultant, started the day by sharing the Dementia Strategy 2017 – 2020: a local perspective #DAW2017.
This was followed by a presentation by George Pazio, @NHSWI dementia clinical nurse specialist, sharing primary care dementia diagnosis and referral #DAW2017
After Elizabeth and George, I was proud to have the opportunity to speak about my beautiful mum, Joan, our Dementia Carer Voices project, and our ‘Make a Difference ‘ campaign.
Next we had Denise sharing how the Western Isles NHS will be taking part in What Matters to You Day on June 6th
The first event of the day was closed by Paula sharing the wonderful work of the Arora project
Including the wonderful local memory boxes.
After lunch we headed off to visit the wonderful memory garden.
The garden was formally opened by Gordon Jamieson, CEO NHSWI, and Chris Anne Campbell, Nurse Director, who gave great thanks to all the staff , families and volunteers who kindly donated time and materials to bring this garden to life, and make such a wonderful space for patients, families and staff to share together and for personal reflections
After the garden we then dropped in at the wonderful Ceilidh that the staff put on for families.
It was such a joyous hour of music dance conversation a true celebration of care keeping people at the heart, truly the heart of people and relationships. My heart was singing as loud as the vocalists.
What a beautiful and joyful way to spend the afternoon and wonderful end to a wonderful Day Three.
Thank you Western Isles for the people, music, opportunity, pledges, and friendship