Meet our Activities Coordinator, Amanda Burgen

Mandy joined the Strachan House Family in April 2022 and comes with a vast amount of experience.

Mandy has a background of care and has also trained in Neurological Rehabilitation.

Having an enriched and fulfilled life is essential to the overall wellbeing of people and Mandy is thoroughly looking forward to supporting the residents and Families at Strachan House.

Activities at our home

Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.

Activities and Events Partnerships

As part of our bespoke life-enrichment programmes, we host a number of live virtual events in the home on a regular basis through a number of partnerships with places of interest and world class performance companies

Life at Strachan House Care Home


Afternoon trip to Cramond

We had a great afternoon out to Cramond yesterday where we all enjoyed an ice cream and a mooch about!

Virtual singing session

Our home had a fantastic time with vocal coach Mark De-Lisser as he led an amazing virtual singing session for our residents to enjoy.

Our residents were able to learn different techniques as they sang the famous ‘I’m a Believer’ by The Monkees.

There were smiles and laugher all around. The session was such a success and was great for the mind, body and soul.

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Visit from a furry friend!

We were delighted for the return of the wonderful Jocelyn who brought Finn our new #therapet visitor.

Finn was loved by all who met him, and Jocelyn was lucky to get back out without us managing to keep him for good.

Did you know that for some years now it has been recognised, more and more, that pets are good for us! Indeed, it has been scientifically proven that the mere action of stroking a dog, or cat, slows down the heartbeat, reduces blood pressure, and makes someone who has already suffered a heart attack much less likely to have another.

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Cruising up the canal

Some of our residents enjoyed a day's cruising up the canal from Ratho. It was perfect weather and perfect company.

Big thankyou to The Seagull Trust for all their kindness and for making it such a special day.

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Royal Ascot at Strachan House

What a day at Strachan House. In conjunction with Royal Ascot week we ran our own race with each unit entering their own race horse into the derby.

It was pandemonium all round. Our horses Tap Dance Tango, Giddyup Galileo and Magic Marvin raced around a course collecting their lost shoes whilst being cheered on by their owners.

Congratulations goes to Memory Lane and their horse Magic Marvin crossing the finish post first.

Everyone received trophies and medals and of course it wouldn't be a race without a winners enclosure. Residents enjoyed their triumph with delicious food prepared by our chef and a selection of wines to celebrate a great day at the races.

Big thanks goes to all the team at Strachan House for making it an amazing day for our residents

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Namaste Trolley at Strachan House

Namaste changes the focus of dementia as a condition and focuses more on the person in that session we deliver. It is also creates a beautiful environment in the end of life process creating peace and serenity.

Every session is tailored to the individual needs making it a personal experience for the individual engaging in the session.

Using a wide variety of smells, visual and sound aids we can encourage communication and physical movement through stimulation in a calm environment. Overall creating a lovely experience for the person.

We are very excited about putting Namaste into action with our residents and seeing the results that can be achieved. Why not when you visit ask our Head of Activities Mandy to join in a session with your loved one.

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Upcoming events

July 2022

We are excited for the Summer here at Strachan House and have lots of fun planned throughout July!