A Blairgowrie woman is being celebrated for creativity and commitment when it comes to providing activities for the senior citizens in her care.
Sheila Baxter, activities coordinator at Renaissance Care’s Beech Manor Care home, has been shortlisted for the Meaningful Activity Award at the Scottish Care Awards – an esteemed event in the care sector.
Sheila will go head to head with two other finalists for the award which recognises creativity, commitment and achievement in the provision of exceptional activity programmes in a care home setting.
At Beech Manor, Sheila works closely with residents to tailor a wellbeing programme to their emotional and physical requirements, ensuring each person is fulfilled and happy.
She spends one-on-one time with each resident and their families, to understand their life stories and develop a personalised activity plan, which aims to help residents to meet their lifetime aspirations.
Sheila has also developed strong links with the local community, organising activities such as football reminiscence sessions with the town’s football club and weekly visits from St Stephens TC Primary during which pupils and residents have worked together to build garden ornaments, while a three-month project with Blairgowrie High School, saw residents create canvas art from memory, telling the story of their life through techniques including sewing and painting.
Sheila has also encouraged residents to attend a Friendship Café at Rattery Church Hall each week to meet with the local community, and take part in weekly traditional game days to play draughts, dominoes and quizzes with pupils from Newhill Primary School.
These activities allow residents to maintain vital connections and friendships with their local communities, and to those outside their immediate support networks.
Along with her focus on developing good, stable physical and mental wellbeing in residents, Sheila has also organised fundraising with has generated over £18,500 for the Residents’ Comfort Fund, which has included personal fundraising to generate £4,000 which was used to purchase a summerhouse for the home.
Madeana Laing, manager at Renaissance Care’s Beech Manor Care Home, said: “Sheila is an exemplary member of our team who works tirelessly and creatively to deliver fun, rewarding and engaging activity programmes which develop our residents’ confidence and capabilities and ensure that they are connected with their local community.
“Residents, their families and her colleagues cannot praise Sheila highly enough for the care she provides, and the impact her work has. We are delighted that she has been recognised by the Scottish Care Awards for her brilliant work.”
The winners of each of the 13 award categories will be announced on at an evening ceremony on November 15 at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.
Beech Manor Care Home has forty-five beds and is situated in a quiet residential area beside the championship golf course of Rosemount in Blairgowrie.