Care homes opened doors at Christmas
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.