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Victoria Smith, Activities Co-ordinator at Balhousie Alastrean in Tarland, has received her Everyday Hero Award for transforming the life of a resident.

Through life story work with her residents, Victoria discovered the gentleman was a lifelong farmer and had previously regularly checked his stock after lunch. This coincided with the time he was regularly becoming distressed in the home. By arranging Oomph! On Demand farming videos for him after his meal, on our latest in-home tech, Tiny tablets, Victoria was able to give him very specific, person-centred activity. And has greatly reduced all episodes of distress, truly enhancing his wellbeing.

Any member of staff can be nominated for a Balhousie Everyday Hero Award to celebrate their daily achievements. Nominees receive a thank you letter and Love2Shop vouchers as a token of appreciation.

Award-winning social enterprise, Oomph! On Demand is a digital platform providing engaging exercise and activity content 365 days a year. It enables residents to tune into an immeasurable number of resources: from live and recorded exercise sessions, virtual tours of Scotland to language lessons, interactive quizzes, sensory pastimes, and more. Another string to Balhousie’s bow in providing high quality care, staff and residents can select their activities according to the desired wellbeing goal or personal interests, as demonstrated by Victoria.

And all this available on large format, interactive, touchscreen tables, miss-named Tiny Tablets. Balhousie’s incredibly versatile, mobile and height adjustable screens are designed for the widest accessibility. They allow residents to try out new skills and technology, which many have never had the opportunity to appreciate, and wherever they want in their home.