Fife care home sets up ‘shop’ for residents

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Staff at an East Wemyss care home have created an outdoor tuck shop for residents who miss being able to go out to the shops.

With care homes being closed to visitors and residents not allowed to leave, staff are having to come up with creative ways to keep them entertained.

At Abbotsford Castle Gait Manor, residents are used to visiting local shops, so the staff have created a tuck shop so they can experience the trip without having to leave the grounds of the home.

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“This lockdown has had a big impact on them,” said Janice Fraser, deputy care home manager.

“We thought about setting up a tuck shop. We have a sun house, so we thought we’d do it up, selling juice, sweets and healthy options.

“It brought a smile to all their faces.”

Janice said the resident’s reaction was “phenomenal” and that it helped to give them routine.

The shop will be open two or three times per week, with Janice joking it would go bankrupt if it was open all week. Posters have been put up with the opening times.

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“They had a good time,” she added. “The smiles on their faces said it all. They are used to being out and about all the time. It’s been difficult for them to understand this.”

The staff have organised other events as well, including a disco to get all the residents (and staff) dancing.

Last week, people around Fife took part in the ‘Clap for Carers’ event, when people clapped at 8pm to thank the NHS staff, care workers and others who are working hard at the moment to make sure people are safe.

Janice said it meant a lot to staff, adding: “We’re all vulnerable and just doing our part.”

And she paid tribute to the staff at the care home.

“I’m very proud of all the staff,” Janice said.

“They are all going above and beyond the call of duty.”

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