Staff and residents at Balhousie Luncarty care home in Perthshire are in the running for a major award for the activities that take place at the home.

Balhousie Luncarty has made the shortlist of the Meaningful Activity Award in the Scottish Care Awards, a major event in the care sector.

“Inclusiveness and a sense of family is at the heart of what we do and we also make sure the Luncarty village community is involved where possible,” said Home Manager Cheryl Banks. “That’s why I’m delighted that our work has been recognised by Scottish Care.

Activities at the 29-bed home have included: a COVID time capsule event, where residents and community members were invited to bury mementoes of the 2020 lockdown; cognitive stimulation therapy groups in which residents are encouraged to discuss the day’s news, participate in activties and share their own memories and experiences; and a dedicated Namaste area which provides holistic and meaningful care at end of life using the senses to provide comfort and peace.

This is the second award recognition for Balhousie Luncarty in a matter of months. In September it was named winner of the Community Engagement category of Balhousie in Bloom, a gardening competition held throughout Balhousie Care Group and judged by TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh.

“I’m so grateful and very proud of the wonderful work my team do and that our efforts are being recognised. All the staff and residents have their fingers crossed for a win,” said Cheryl.

The winners of the Scottish Care Awards will be announced at a ceremony in April 2022 in Glasgow.

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Photo caption: Cheryl Banks (centre) with staff from Balhousie Luncarty in Perthshire.

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 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 over 900 residents.

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, 2019 Growth Business and 2018 Service Business of the Year at The Courier Business Awards, 2019 Growth Business of the Year Perthshire Chamber of Commerce STAR Award, and SME Scotland Business Man of the Year 2019 for Chairman Tony Banks.