A care home in Dundee made Burns Night a memorable experience for its residents by hosting an evening of fine Scottish dining and all things Robert Burns.
Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home, on Albany Road, celebrated the birth of the Bard of Ayrshire with an evening of poetry reciting and Ceilidh dancing, which also included a rich three course supper and the piping in of the haggis by a local piper.
Staff made sure the care home was fully kitted out for the evening, with everything from tablecloths to posters in keeping with the Scottish theme, and the dinner table decorated with fresh heather and thistles.
The classic Burns Night menu saw residents tuck into a starter of Scotch broth, followed by a main course of haggis, neeps and tatties. For dessert, a selection of stovies, tea and coffee or even a “wee dram” was on offer.
Lyn McLean, Home Manager at Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home, joined in the celebrations and treated residents to a performance of a traditional dance. She spoke of how activities such as this can be particularly beneficial for residents and the importance of celebrating Burns Night.
She said: “It was a great night with fantastic food, drinks and music. The residents all got to recite their favourite Burns poem, which they really enjoyed and the haggis was by far the most popular choice of dish, which came as no surprise to anyone.
“At Bupa, we strive to create innovative and inspiring activities such as this to provide the best quality of life for our residents.
“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed celebrating such a patriotic event which is especially important as we are in Dundee and not far from his cottage.”