A Glasgow care home is to open its doors to two elderly members of the local community to ensure they will not have to eat alone this Christmas Day.
Kind-hearted staff at Bupa’s Norwood care home, in Barrhead will welcome two non-residents facing the prospect of a Christmas on their own to enjoy a traditional lunch and an afternoon filled with festivities and companionship.
The home will play host to the guests, who will join its 60 residents as they tuck into a classic festive feast of turkey and roast potatoes with all the trimmings.
With recent figures from Age Scotland revealing that around 40,000 elderly people will spend Christmas Day alone this year*, Liz Campbell, Home Manager at Bupa’s Norwood care home, hopes the gesture will go some way towards helping reduce isolation among the elderly during the festive season.
Liz said: “Christmas can be a lonely time of year for many people – especially the elderly – and we believe the provision of care should be demonstrated to all, particularly during the holiday season.
“So we thought we would open our doors on Christmas Day in order to offer two members of our elderly community a place where they can enjoy festive food and fun in the company of others.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer the gift of companionship this year and we are all looking forward to welcoming some new faces into the care home. I know the residents in particular are excited to have new friends around the dinner table.”
A spokesperson from Age Scotland said: “When research shows that two in five older people say that their only company comes from the television, we must act to stop the tragic health consequences of loneliness and isolation.
“So we ask – how could you help someone to have someone? How can you make that connection that can make someone’s day? It could be as simple as knocking on an elderly neighbour’s door, picking up the phone to call a relative, offering an older person a lift to the shops or community centre or inviting someone round for dinner.
“These are the simple connections that are so easy to give but for the recipient, can change their life.”
* Statistics from ‘Key messages and statistics for the Age Scotland and Age UK #NooneShouldHaveNoone campaign’