Service Spotlight: Braeside House

Posted: 26/02/2014 | Care for Older People,

Royal Blind is committed to providing education, care and employment for blind and visually impaired people throughout their lifetime. Braeside House is our service which provides care for older people.

Built in 1999, Braeside House is a care home which has been purpose built for older people who are registered blind or visually impaired. The age range of our current residents varies between 75 and 105, with most of the residents over the age of 90. The majority of the residents have become visually impaired due to macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of sight impairment in older people.

Our highly trained and qualified staff understand how sight loss affects people and their families. They support our residents using a relationship-centred approach where each individual resident is the foucus. Residents are recognised as unique individuals and our focus is on their ability, not disability, which allows us to adapt activities to meet the changing needs of our residents. Read more about our philosophy of care.

Braeside House is located in Edinburgh at Liberton. It is a small group living home over two floors. Each room has its own toilet and hand wash facilities, with easy access to bath and shower facilities. The rooms are furnished with a bed, direct dial telephone, TV socket, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a bedside cabinet with a lockable drawer. Residents are encouraged to personalise their rooms. Residents also have access to the dinning and sitting rooms for socialising.

Braeside House residents enjoy a range of activities including outings, like trips to garden centres, Portobello, and ever-popular barge trips at Ratho. They also receive visitors, like a recent visit from Mother Goose Nursery. Music is also a favourite, and our varied programme covers all tastes, from popular music to classical to opera.

The care home also includes fantastic facilities including a roof and sensory garden, hairdresser, podiatrist, and physiotherapist. There are also areas in the home which are designed for residents to reminsce and share memories.

Learn more about Braeside House.