Happy Birthday Allermuir! Service celebrates successful first year

Posted: 29/08/2017 | Adult Services,

Staff and residents of Royal Blind’s home for vision impaired adults are celebrating the service’s first birthday.

Allermuir opened its doors to residents in August 2016 to provide a home for life for its four residents, following the success of its sister service for 17-25 year olds, Forward Vision. 

Frankie laughs in bedroom at Allermuir Allermuir provides permanent housing with 24-hour care for adults with vision impairment and disabilities.

Looking back on the past 12 months, residential care worker Leila Williamson, who has been with the Royal Blind for more than 12 years and at Allermuir since it opened, said: “This is a lovely quiet community and we have just fitted in. There are lots of walks to do and places to go and our neighbours are lovely.

"There is a real sense of community here and we have just become a part of it. We got lots of Christmas cards from residents, which was lovely.

“It is good to be out here and to be able to use the facilities the Royal Blind have to offer. It gives the young people a sense of independence.”

Residents are able to take advantage of facilities at both Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded services including the hydropool at the Royal Blind School and woodworking classes at the Linburn Centre.

The residents enjoy regular activities including horse riding and iMuse music therapy and now staff are planning a trip to Centre Parks next year.

“Our young people are very busy and have lots of activities. One resident goes up to Sterling to Rebound once a week for a special massage which helps with balance and posture, and someone else does horse riding,” said Leila.

“We try to ensure everyone has tailored activities to meet their individual needs and this is always discussed with parents and family.

“We have a good balance between activities and local walks and down time. Everyone needs downtime.”

Three of the residents at Allermuir have complex needs as well as a visual impairment.

There is a high staff to resident ratio, with three to four members of staff working at any time, as well as volunteers and student nurses take part in seven-week placements at the home.

“This is a home for life for the young people here and that is how it feels,” said Leila. “We have very positive feedback from the families of the young people and we know the residents are happy here – they would let us know if they weren’t!

“I love working here, every day is different. It is great to know you are making a difference to someone.”