Covid Scotland: How will this Edinburgh care home celebrate Christmas as Omicron cases rise?

A care home in the Capital has revealed how it will keep the festive spirit alive as Christmas celebrations begin amidst a growing number of Covid-19 cases.

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Festivities are underway at an Edinburgh care home with residents treated to a bumper month of Christmas related activities.

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Kickstarting with a light switch on and a visit from Santa and his reindeers, Cramond Residence, to the north of the city, is hosting a series of Christmas themed activities for the duration of December.

Cramond Residence is hosting a series of Christmas themed activities for the duration of December.

Activities include a Christmas party with a festive magician, bespoke seasonal menu, festive cooking masterclass and secret Santa which have been planned by the home’s dedicated lifestyle team.

John Hughes, resident at Cramond Residence, said the home has put in lots of effort to make us all feel festive this year.

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He went on to say: “My favourite activity so far has been the Christmas market and the visit from the reindeers but I’m also very much looking forward to the Christmas cooking masterclass too.

“We weren’t really able to celebrate so much last year so it’s nice the staff have gone to all this effort to make this year extra special for us.”

All donations received during any of the Christmas activities will be donated to Alzheimer’s Scotland & Save the Children – the home’s chosen charities for the festive season.

Mike Hall, Lifestyle Co-ordinator at the 74-bedroom home said: “This year the team at Cramond Residence has been really keen to host lots of celebrations involving the community, as we are able to do so now.

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“All of our staff and residents have been well and truly getting into the festive spirit and the atmosphere in the home has been very positive.

“The activities have gone down a treat with residents, many of whom have expressed their delight for the month long calendar of events.

“As Christmas is focused on kindness and giving, we also made the decision to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Scotland as it is a charity close to many at the home”.

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