Our Elderflowers are a team of carefully selected professional arts practitioners who are trained to work in healthcare environments with vulnerable people living with dementia.

Elderflowers need to be able to improvise, sing and play, and also have the experience and maturity to judge the engagement level of each patient in order to tailor each visit appropriately. Respecting the dignity of participants is a central principal of the Elderflowers programme.

One big happy family

The Elderflowers present themselves as an extended family of siblings and cousins. They wear clothes that hark back to a previous generation and carry props such as ukuleles, hats, maps and photographs that encourage discussion and interaction.

Working in collaboration

We work in close partnership with the medical teams who care for people living with dementia. Their referrals mean that we create interventions which are specifically tailored to suit the ladies and gentlemen who will benefit most from our support, based on their personality, condition and situation.

We visit:

  • Borders General Hospital
  • Clackmannan Community Healthcare Centre
  • Findlay House, Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh
  • Murray Royal Hospital, Perth
  • Royal Edinburgh Hospital
  • Stirling Community Hospital