October 21, 2022


Balhousie Care Group residents in Perthshire have their own radio show, thanks to a partnership with Hospital Radio Perth.

The award-winning station, based at Perth Royal Infirmary, has launched weekly request shows aimed at 12 Perth and Kinross Balhousie Care Group homes.  From Pitlochry to Rumbling Bridge, Perth to Coupar Angus, residents will be able to select their favourite music and hear it broadcast on the station especially for them.

The programmes will be presented by experienced broadcaster Peter Hay who went along to Balhousie North Inch care home to launch the service.  Peter told the residents how this development was something the station had wanted to do for some time, but recent technical developments had, at last, made it possible.

Diane Cain, Home Manager at Balhousie North Inch, said: “Meaningful, stimulating and individualised activities are a crucial part of our care at Balhousie, as are community partnerships, and you don’t get any better than your own local radio show!”

Peter added: “Music is a fabulous way of sparking memories and if previous care home shows are anything to go by it will encourage residents to sing along, to dance or to participate in their exercises.”

Mima Hird, Balhousie North Inch Activities Co-ordinator, said, “We’re all really looking forward to it.  It will be a lot of fun.”

This is the latest in a tranche of community partnerships for the award-winning Balhousie Care Group, which is ramping up its local connections again following the restrictions of the COVID pandemic. Currently finalists in the Scottish Care Awards and Courier Business Awards, Balhousie’s 26 homes across six regions of Scotland are renowned for their heavy community involvement, including sponsorship and support of everything from football teams to events.

Hospital Radio Perth have returned to full live broadcasting following the pandemic and are now looking for volunteers to be trained as presenters for evening or daytime shows.

For more information on Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk

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For media enquiries please contact Gillian Drummond on gillian.drummond@balhousiecare.co.uk or call 01738 254254/07365 284994.

Hospital Radio Perth can be contacted via their website at hrperth.co.uk where listeners can also find links to submit requests and listen to the programmes. Or contact John Watson – chairman@hrperth.co.uk – Tel: 07738386721


Photo caption: North Inch House residents Jan Burns and Alan Moffat listen in while Trish Steedman chats to Hospital Radio Perth presenter Peter Hay.


Notes to Editors

About Balhousie Care Group

Balhousie Care Group was formed 30 years ago to fill a gap in quality residential care in North East Scotland. Today, with 26 homes in the area, it is one of the leading providers of care for the elderly in Scotland, providing care to almost 1000 residents.

Owned by AcalisCare, Balhousie Care prides itself on its person-centred approach to care. Putting people right at the forefront of everything they do; it’s inclusive of everyone. They capture this philosophy through the roll out of ‘Together We’re Great’, an initiative which recognises the skills, talents, attributes and support areas for each and every person involved in the organisation. Together We’re Great aims to value individuality and promote excellence across the organisation.

A Participation Charter – a first-of-its-kind in the care home sector – commits to residents getting a bigger say than ever in the care they receive, from writing care home policies to recruiting staff.

Balhousie Care Group is the recipient of numerous awards. These include three Scottish Care Awards, a 2021 Great British Care Award, a 2022 s1Jobs Shine Award, 2019 Growth Business of the Year at The Courier Business Awards and 2019 Growth Business of the Year in the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce STAR Awards.