Festive Season

December was a one of the busiest months we have had. The home was beautifully decorated and the children who visited from the local children’s nurseries and schools were mesmerised by the Santas, polar bears, and white owls. The residents loved speaking to the children and thoroughly enjoyed their beautiful carol singing.
One of the resident’s favourite entertainers is a beautiful young girl, Holly Fyfe, who plays the harp. She played a beautiful selection of music for the residents.

Jo James the story teller came along to the home to tell her stories. The residents found her to be really interesting and they really enjoyed listening to her.


Aromatherapy at Altnacraig is extremely popular with all the residents, as a therapy and for relaxation. We recently had a charity massage morning with Andrea. The staff and the resident’s families came along and enjoyed the pampering and some lovely food. The event raised an amazing £500 for charity.

At the Movies

Altnacraig organised a day out at the cinema with another six care homes from the area. They went to see the new movie Dad’s Army. There were about sixty people who were invited to a private viewing, the residents really enjoyed it. The outing to the cinema was a great success and will hopefully be repeated soon. One of the films the residents want to see is the new release of the Jungle Book.

Staff concert

We had a full house for the annual staff Christmas concert. As usual the staff sang all their favourite Christmas carols beautifully. Everyone looked great in their Christmas jumpers and hats. They certainly put the residents in the Christmas spirit. Helen Roberston was the lucky winner of the Christmas raffle and got the hamper.

Kyla Gallagher

A lovely young girl from Ardgowan Primary School, Kyla Gallagher handed in a Christmas cake which her sister had baked for the residents. We would like to say a great big thank you to Kyla and her sister, the cake was absolutely delicious.

Christmas Eve Party

The residents enjoyed the Christmas Eve party with Michael Patterson dressed in his kilt. He sang lots of traditional Scottish songs, and the residents thoroughly enjoyed singing along with him.

Christmas Day Party

The Christmas Day party was a great success. The garden lounge was packed with residents and members of their family. The residents played a variety of entertaining games, and sang songs. It was really good fun, and this of course was after everyone had enjoyed a fabulous Christmas lunch

Burns Day

Our Burns Day was celebrated with our usual panache and style. Shaun Emmott, the Chef carried the haggis into each dining room and Hugh Monaghan toasted the haggis, he was accompanied by Jamie, playing the pipes. After lunch the residents enjoyed a wonderful Scottish themed concert in the garden lounge.