Orkney Health and Care (OHAC) is part of the fabric of the Orkney community with a range of different facilities and services that support people in Orkney such as Older peoples residential care, supported accommodation, physical disability service, day care centres, learning disability services and day services and care at home services.
Use the map and information below to find out more about each of our services:-
There are 3 care homes across the mainland, each care home prides itself on a warm friendly atmosphere where staff are always welcoming, friendly and willing to support both the resident and close family. We’re committed to involving the important people in the lives of the people we support, family and friends, they are welcomed and encouraged to share their ideas and suggestions and to get involved in our home.
Every part of the care provided is personalised to each residents’ exact needs, interests and preferences – no two residents are the same because we understand that everyone is different and unique. We take time to get to know our residents likes and dislikes and how they prefer to fill their day, we learn about their life story and the people and things that are important to them before creating a unique support plan and activities tailored to them. The role of the care worker is to support people with all aspects of daily living in a ‘homely environment’, using a re-ablement approach of doing ‘with not for’ to promote feelings of value, empowerment and self worth.
All care staff employed have a requirement to register with the SSSC and have a period to gain their SVQ qualifications suited to their role. They are assessed in the workplace and delivered flexibly through Orkney College, this enables staff to work while learning and being assessed on their knowledge and competence in practice. All care staff are required to work over seven days and cover the full range of hours.
Older people’s day care is provided on the mainland at Gilbertson and West Mainland day care centre and on Westray as part of Kalisgarth’s services. Physical disability day care is provided within Glaitness Centre. These services provide day care to a range of older people and people with physical disability and operate (outwith the pandemic) on weekdays. Staff are not required to undertake evening or weekend work within these services. At the time of writing services are not operating as normal due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The All Age Learning Disability Service provides a Care Home Service (Short Breaks) and a combined Housing Support and Care at Home Services (Supported Living Network). Services can be provided to anyone 16 years and over who has a learning disability, has had an assessment of their needs completed and requires assistance with daily living. Care is provided twenty-four hours per day.
There are currently five properties Housing Support Service properties. The service provides long term support and care as required including, managing people’s tenancy in relation to security, maintenance and safety, the provision of assistance with personal care, accessing the community as well as domestic support. Accessing the Community includes support to access services such as shopping, transport, collecting medication, and cleaning pursuing activities of choice for example going out for lunch, swimming. Active support to maintain links with family, friends and their community and to employ private services if they choose to do so. Care and support are provided twenty-four hours a day.
Care at homes services describe the provision of care within an individual’s own home. This is generally done as scheduled visits however help can be called for via the Community Care Alarm. All care staff require professional registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and as part of this registration obtain a specified qualification in Health and Social Care (role dependent).