The day kicked off with a traditional bagpipes performance by local musician Alan Cowie, which set the scene for the ‘Address to a Haggis’ which was recited by the care home’s carer, Betty Riley. Once the well-known poem was performed by Betty, those that wished to raised a glass of scotch to toast Robert Burns and his legacy, more than 200 years on.
Afterwards, everyone tucked into a Scottish traditional lunch of haggis, salmon, neeps and tatties (haggis, turnip and mashed potato). In the afternoon, a selection of Scottish-themed games were played with residents and their friends and family.
Sara Muslin, home manager of Great Oaks, said: “It was wonderful to enjoy Burns Night’s festivities with our residents and their families. It is important we continue to offer a variety of activities at our home, as not only do they encourage our residents to socialise, but it has also been proven to boost their mood and overall wellbeing.”
Great Oaks is the latest addition of an established family of care homes managed by Encore Care Homes, with two other care homes in Dorset and Hampshire. The 80-bed care home is fitted with state-of-the-art facilities, designed to enable staff to provide the highest standard of 24 hour, personalised care and ensure residents are comfortable and happy in their surroundings. Please visit www.greatoaksbournemouth.co.ukfor more information or call 01202 087444