Fes­tive wel­come at care homes

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Rachel Clark

Three east Perthshire care homes opened their doors to older peo­ple faced with s p e n d i n g C h r i s t mas Day alone.

Res­i­den­tial care homes run by the Bal­housie Care Group in Blair­gowrie, Coupar An­gus and Bal­beg­gie were among those tak­ing part in the car­ing ini­tia­tive.

The care group worked with Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil to iden­tify peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who could ben­e­fit with some Christ­mas cheer and friend­ship over the fes­tive pe­riod and in­vited a n u mb e r o f o l d e r p e o p l e t o j o i n t h e t e a ms a t t h e Bal­housie care homes on Christ­mas Day.

Louise Bar­nett, oper­a­tions di­rec­tor at Bal­housie Care Group, 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. It made sense for us to open our doors to those who don’t have fam­ily or friends to be with.”

A study by Age Scot­land stated re­cently that 60,000 o l d e r S c o t s woul d s p e n d Christ­mas Day alone.

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