Joe Burns, who lives at Bupa’s Braemount Court in Paisley, was very much a man’s man in his former years, working as an electrician and living life as a bachelor in his home town of Glenburn in Paisley.
He had an abundance of friends, a passion for bowling but after suffering a stroke he worried he would no longer be able to take part in his bowling.
Despite no longer being able to live independently, staff at his new home at Braemount Care Home helped reunite Joe with his passion for bowls by encouraging his friends to take him to watch the bowling at least once a week- with the occasional pint to sweeten the treat.
Only attending bowls to watch rather than play, Joe’s escapades to the bowling green are reminiscent of his days before entering the Bupa care home, where he played bowls several times a week.
He said: “Meeting up with my friends to watch the bowls is one of the best parts of my week. The staff at Braemount Care Home are caring and always know when my friends arrive, it’s time for my bowls and a couple of pints.
“Although I can’t play anymore, getting out to watch the games are just as good and a great chance to catch up with my friends.
“There’s a lot of other events going on in the home but for me, bowls has been my hobby for years so it’s fantastic that staff take the time and arrange for me to go every week.”
Corinne Reid, Home Manager at Braemount Care home, explained that Joe’s face “lights up” when his friends arrive at the home, marking the start of an evening spent watching his favourite hobby.
She said: “It’s just fantastic to see Joe so delighted by his trips to watch the bowls with his friends every week.
“We play indoor bowls here at Braemount Care Home, but it doesn’t beat going out and socialising as one of the boys.
“We always strive to find events that our residents have a passion for so that we can encourage them to stay as active as possible both mentally and physically.
“It’s very important that our residents feel completely at home here so giving everyone the freedom to pursue their hobbies and interests, is a key part to ensuring everyone’s happiness.”
Braemount Court offers a variety of different events at the home for the residents including sewing bees, trips out, men’s clubs, exercise and many concerts