Care homes opened doors at Christ­mas

Strathearn Herald - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - Rachel Clark

Two care homes in the Strath opened their doors to older peo­ple who oth­er­wise would have been faced with spend­ing Christ­mas Day alone.

Res­i­den­tial care homes in the Bal­housie Care Group across Perth and Kin­ross worked with Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil to iden­tify peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who would ben­e­fit from some Christ­mas cheer and friend­ship over the fes­tive pe­riod.

In­vi­ta­tions were sent out to a num­ber of older peo­ple across Perth and Kin­ross by so­cial work­ers, invit­ing them to join the teams at the Bal­housie care homes on Christ­mas Day.

Louise Bar­nett, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at Bal­housie Care Group, hoped it would help iso­lated peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

She said:“So many peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly the el­derly, spend the fes­tive sea­son feel­ing iso­lated, with only a TV for company.

“We’re in the busi­ness of car­ing, and all 25 of our care homes al­ready have close com­mu­nity part­ner­ships.

“So, it made sense for us to open our doors to those who don’t have family or friends to be with this Christ­mas Day.”

Dal­naglar Care Home in Cri­eff and Ruthven Tow­ers in Auchter­arder both opened their doors on Christ­mas Day.

A re­cent study by the char­ity Age Scot­land re­ported 60,000 older Scots could spend Christ­mas Day alone, an in­crease of 50 per cent on two years ago, in what they are call­ing a world­wide epi­demic of lone­li­ness.

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