… you’re in for a lovely surprise. Three staff members have taken it upon themselves to create some unique art and furniture for the residents’ garden at the Carnoustie care home.

Handyman Charlie Haig, Activities coordinator Jane Paton and housekeeper Karen Ball have been coming in on their days off to create some bright wooden ornaments in the shape of animals.

“They’ve become such a talking point for our residents and also our visitors. Everyone enjoys spotting these pieces of art around our garden. They catch everyone’s attention and just make you smile,” said Jan Robertson, Home Manager at Balhousie Willowbank.

Charlie’s efforts haven’t stopped there. He is currently transforming residents’ bedroom doors so that they have the look of a front door. Each one is painted a bright colour – which appeals to those with cognitive deterioration and dementia – and they sport door knockers and brass numbers.

Jan explained: “Balhousie Care Group’s philosophy is that our care homes are our residents’ homes. They live here and therefore get as much say as possible in how it’s run, from the menus – which are all taste tested by residents – to the decor. Charlie’s doors are an extension of that. The doors used to be brown and now have bright, stimulating colours. They’ve gone down really well with residents, who love having the feel of a front door again.”