East Renfrewshire care home, Eastwood Court, ensured that its residents could enjoy the festivities of Burns Night despite lockdown restrictions.

The team at the home in Giffnock have been embracing new ways to help residents celebrate special events throughout the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, the home would be abuzz with activity on Burns Night. With relatives, friends and entertainers all taking part in celebrations.

Even though this year is different, the Eastwood Court family were determined to make sure residents would not miss out.

Following a call for tartan ties, ribbons and the odd kilt, the team joined residents in suitable ‘claes’ to honour Rabbie Burns. The day’s celebrations began with a Burns-themed lunch, followed by a recital of poems and Scottish songs performed by residents. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a recital of a poem from another great literary Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson. Eastwood Court resident Christine gave a wonderful performance of “My Shadow” for her friends at the home. The video of her recital on the home’s Facebook page has been watched over 900 times so far!

A Toast to the National Bard

Later in the afternoon, residents enjoyed some Scottish-themed snacks and enjoy a little tipple to toast the National Bard. Instead of welcoming entertainers through the doors, Burns Night 2021 at the East Renfrewshire Care Home finished with a virtual concert. Residents clapped and sang along to Scottish songs while watching a classic Andy Stewart Burns Night Special.

Doris McLean, a resident of the home, said: “I very much enjoyed celebrating something different. It was lovely to everyone in such good spirits!”

Eastwood Court’s home administrator, Jodie Forrest, added: “We felt it was important for us to provide our residents with some ‘normality’ recognising a tradition that is celebrated yearly at the home. We were determined not to let the pandemic put a dampener on this. It was great to see such positivity in both the residents and the staff throughout these trying times.”

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