Scotland appoints an older people’s champion to work with care homes
Caring Times, December 2009
A specialist rehabilitation consultant has been appointed to act as a Scotland-wide champion to help older people live better quality lives.
Edith Macintosh, an occupational therapist, will spend the next two years working with care homes and day care services to help drive up standards of care and support. The appointment, which has been funded by the Scottish Government, is expected to play a major role in helping to improve the lives of people with dementia.
Mrs Macintosh was chosen for the role after an extensive 26-year career as an occupational therapist in both NHS and Local Authority sectors as well as her work within Allied Health Professionals and as chair of the Scottish OT Managers Forum.
‘The main purpose of this post is to promote and increase access to rehabilitation and enablement to ensure older people in care homes and day services realise their full potential and enjoy a fulfilling life,’ said Mrs Macintosh.
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