Care homes to help the lonely this Christmas

Santa paid a visit to residents at Lisden Care Home in Kirriemuir
Santa paid a visit to residents at Lisden Care Home in Kirriemuir

Balhousie Care Group, which operates six care homes across Angus, is opening the doors of all 25 of its Scottish Homes this Christmas, to ensure people aren’t alone on Christmas Day.

Sadly, for every family sitting round the table enjoying turkey on Christmas Day, there may be someone who is completely alone. In particular, many elderly people can find Christmas a particularly lonely time of year.

By opening their doors on Christmas Day, Balhousie hope that there will be less people lonely across the communities that their Care Homes are based. The Homes will welcome anyone who is alone to come along and enjoy some Christmas Dinner and join in with the festivities.

With Care Homes spanning the east coast of Scotland from Aberdeenshire to Fife, Home Managers have been working with social workers and members of the local community to identify people who may be alone and could benefit from spending Christmas Day with staff, residents and families in the various Care Homes.

Denise Grant, Home Manager at Balhousie’s St Ronans Care Home in Dundee, commented: “So many people, particularly the elderly, spend the festive season feeling isolated and nobody should have to be on their own on Christmas Day. We have been liaising with members of the local community to find people in this situation and invite them to enjoy Christmas Day with us instead of being alone at Christmas. Anyone who finds themselves alone on Christmas Day should come and see us and be part of something truly magical.”

To find out more about Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk

To enquire about visiting a Care Home on Christmas Day call 01738 254254.

Balhousie operates The Glens Home in Edzell, Lisden in Kirriemuir, Monkbarns and Antiquary in Arbroath, and Brookfield and Willowbank in Carnoustie.