Types of care

Erskine is the UK's foremost provider of care and support for veterans and their spouses. Erskine Homes offer nursing and dementia care in high quality facilities.

A personal approach

Each Erskine resident is allocated a named nurse. Together with the resident and their family, the named nurse will create a personal care plan. The plan reflects the individual needs and preferences of each resident.

We offer a unique quality of care with the provision of physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and podiatry on site.

Nursing care

Illness and disability sometimes mean that a person can no longer safely live in their own home. Erskine provides professional nursing care and support for veterans who require either respite or long term care.

Nursing care is available 24 hours a day  and is provided by staff who respect each person’s right to be treated with dignity and respect. Our goal is to help each resident to use the abilities they have to the full.

Our homes provide a mix of excellent facilities, attractive surroundings, highly skilled care staff and a warm, friendly environment, all of which contribute to  the resident’s quality of life in their new home.

 

Palliative care

When an elderly relative or friend is in need of palliative care, you’ll want to make sure that they’re looked after in a way that helps them maintain their dignity, and provides privacy when this is required. You’ll also want them to stay in a supportive environment where they will be treated with respect.

These values are synonymous with the care we provide to all Erskine residents.

A team approach

At Erskine, our team approach addresses the needs of the resident and their family. It helps to improve the quality of life and supports residents to live as actively as possible.

We aim to provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms. At the same time we recognise the psychological and spiritual needs of our residents – and tailor our care to ensure that these are met as well.

We aim to provide palliative care in accordance with current guidelines.

Dementia care

Erskine Park, our 40 bed purpose built care home in the grounds of the Erskine Estate, Haig House and Ramsay House, the two 30 bed units within Erskine Home, cater for the specific needs of people with dementia, supporting them to maximise their abilities and maintain an optimum level of independence. There are a further 22 beds dedicated to the care of people with dementia in our Edinburgh Home and 15 in Erskine Glasgow.

At Erskine our residents are respected as individuals and not defined by any condition. Our staff focus on each person’s strengths and abilities, and support them and their families to maintain a quality of life that is valued by them.

There is a very full programme of various activities and outings for residents and numerous social events in the home, both of which welcome the involvement of families. The focus is on maximising the potential of each resident and seeing the person behind the condition.

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Respite and short break care

Respite and short break care is available for convalescence and to provide a break for carers.

Accommodation for respite guests in Erskine homes includes 24 hour nursing and dementia care.

Respite and short break care can be provided for those who meet the eligibility criteria for Erskine Care and who have been assessed by a Social Worker to be suitable for respite care.  This is provided in Erskine Home, Bishopton and at our Edinburgh home. Please note that at our Edinburgh Home, respite care is not available within the specialised dementia unit.

Physiotherapy

Erskine has a dedicated physiotherapy team – based at our homes in Bishopton and Edinburgh – which provides a physiotherapy service to all our homes. Most other homes rely on NHS physiotherapy treatment for their residents – our approach means that none of our veterans miss out on this type of care.

The physiotherapy department offers appropriate treatments to assist recovery and maximise the ability and mobility of each resident.

We are very fortunate that donations have enabled us to buy an excellent range of physiotherapy equipment. This is used in the rehabilitation of residents following any kind of illness, from a broken leg to a chest infection.

Speech and language therapy

The speech therapy we provide ranges from assessing and supporting residents with swallowing difficulties to providing therapy for residents with communication difficulties as a result of stroke, progressive neurological conditions or cognitive decline.

We run regular SONAS sessions, a lunch club and communication groups, as well as carrying out individual swallowing and language assessments.