Residents at Balhousie Dalnaglar care home in Crieff have a new manager with strong connections to the Perthshire town.
Michelle Kinmont brings a wealth of care sector and nursing experience to the 37-bedroom home, run by award-winning Balhousie Care Group.
Originally from Perth, Michelle used to live in Crieff. Her previous positions there included nursing at Crieff Cottage Hospital and managing another care home in the town. She returns to Balhousie Care Group having managed the leading residential care provider’s Pitlochry care home for two years, from 2015-17.
Training as a Mental Health Nurse at Perth College in the 1980s, Michelle spent a number of years nursing in Canada, before returning to Perthshire to be closer to her family.
Having joined the team at Dalnaglar during the summer, Michelle plans to strengthen the home’s links with the local community, which has been a challenge during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Full of ideas to develop the home, Michelle can’t wait to be able to re-visit and grow relationships in the local community when it is safe to do so. She said:
“I am delighted to have returned to Balhousie Care Group and to Crieff to manage Balhousie Dalnaglar. It’s a beautiful home and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our residents, their families and the staff team. I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with them and hearing their ideas on how we can making our beautiful home even better.”
Michelle loves working with the elderly, so this role, in a town she feels so connected with, is a perfect combination. She said:
“I’m a real chatterbox and love talking to people. I take any opportunity to talk to our residents and reminisce about the past. Their stories are fascinating to hear. It’s my favourite part of what we do.”