Festive welcome at care homes
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.