Tricia and her team do everything they can to make The Cottage one of the cosiest, friendliest, loveliest day clubs that cares for people with dementia in Scotland. The Cottage runs from our homely, converted stable in substantial grounds in Portobello.
What makes The Cottage so special?
We’re smaller in size – there’s only ten members on any given day to four staff. Which means we’re bigger on care, and, just as importantly, companionship. That’s our strength; that’s care in the true sense of the word.
Just ask Sheena, who wrote to thank us for helping to make her mum smile again, a side she loves the most and rarely gets to see.
Thank you for bringing out the fun in mum again
Who are we here for
Anyone with dementia, aged 50 plus. However, The Cottage is a lifeline not only to our members but to their family and carers too.
What will you do here?
We like to make every day different. Each day matter. That is after all, what LifeCare’s extra years of zest is all about. Singalongs, morning or afternoon strolls and live music are just a few of our members favourite activities. And of course, if it’s a special day, like a birthday or anniversary, we love to celebrate with cake, singing, and a wee pressie.
Are meals provided?
There’s tea and toast on arrival.Then a tasty and nutritious two course lunch provided and we always round the day off with a cup of tea.
How do you get here?
Our catchment area is EH7/EH8/EH15.We’ll collect you from your home between 9.15am and 10.15am and take you back between 3pm and 4pm. Or make your own travel arrangements, if you live outside our catchment area.
How do you join?
There are two ways you can join:
Places can be arranged to suit a range of ages. No referral is necessary.
You may wish to access this service using Self Directed Support (SDS), if you are in receipt of Direct Payments.
Access a subsidised place
Places are available for anyone aged 65 plus. While a significant proportion of the cost of the service is subsidised by the City of Edinburgh Council, you pay a monthly mandatory contribution, set by the City of Edinburgh Council, which is reviewed annually.
So when can you start?
First, you need to be referred. You can do this if you are a carer, or individual wishing to join, or it can be arranged by social services, health professionals or families on your behalf. Call Social Care Direct on Tel: 0131 200 2324. Once we receive the referral, we will contact you and arrange a visit.