Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Great Opportunity

You cant turn on the TV or search the internet recently without being aware of how much coverage is being given to Health and Social Care. 
The Scottish Government recently announced a further £100 Million over three years is to be invested in the NHS to help reduce the numbers of people waiting to be discharged from hospital.
This funding will be used to support health boards and local authorities deliver good quality care and support for people at home or in a homely setting.
This is aimed at preventing delays in discharge and preventing admissions to hospital and attendances at A&E. Combined these actions will reduce pressure across the system.

I am delighted that Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport has agreed to meet with me to discuss "The Future of Care Services in Scotland"  
Ahead of my meeting I would like you give you the opportunity to pose a question to Shona.  Whether you work with us are receive support from us, now is the chance to have your voice heard.
I won't have time to ask everything, but will try and reflect the most popular questions that you send me.

To get involved please email the office with your question.  If you work with us please ask the people you support whether they would like to get involved.

Stephen Wilson, Director

Tuesday, 6 January 2015


In 2012 we were proud to be the first to design, develop and release an app specifically to help overcome communication difficulties.  

Since then our Communication Tool has been a huge success and is used in more than 27 countries worldwide by families, health care professionals and hospitals.

Now updated for 2015 it remains FREE to use with unlimited ability to upload your own images.


For many people the ability to communicate with those around them is hampered by conditions such as Dementia, Stroke, Brain Damage or General Ill Health. The communication tool is designed to bridge that gap. Whether you are a care giver, professional, family member or have yourself a difficulty communicating, this tool helps overcome some of this barrier.

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and this app does just that. With over 500 possible images from which to select, communicating your needs, choices or feelings is easy. With just 3 simple taps on the screen you can choose from any of the pictures you desire. You don't have to worry about being limited to the stock images, because you can swap any image for one of your own in seconds. By creating a library of images personal to you, the app allows meaningful communication, reminiscence, memory prompts, memory exercise and more.

The uses for the app are only limited by your imagination. We hope that the frustration and isolation experienced by people with communication difficulties are replaced by experiences of inclusion, dignity and choice.

Nataly Wilson, Director, Social Care Alba