by Fraser Clarke

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

BupaResidents at Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home enjoy American-style dining and manicures

RESIDENTS at a Dundee care home will be able to enjoy American-style dining and get their hair cut in style, thanks to a generous donation from a former resident’s fundraiser.

The memorial for 101-year-old Jerry Morrison raised £500 for the Bupa Balcarres Care Home following his death in Septmeber. Now staff have spent the money transforming the resident’s lounge, with Jerry’s personality in mind.

Inspired by his love for dining out, the lounge now features a new jukebox with vinyl records on the wall to create an authentic American diner feel. Elsewhere a new salon chair and mirrors have been installed in a new hair and nail salon, to keep residents looking and feeling their best.

Jerry’s daughter, Doreen Hainey, 56, said: “I’ve come over from France to see the terrific new space. My dad would really love it. I can’t speak highly enough of the care home, they were superb with my dad and I knew how much he loved it.

“They couldn’t have used the money in a better way and it’ll be fantastic to see and hear about it being used by the people currently living there.”

Jerry was born and raised in Dundee and enjoyed his time at the Bupa Balcarres Care Home. He was well loved by colleagues at the home, who recall how his razor-sharp humour kept them on their toes.

Lynn McLean, Home Manager of the Bupa Balcarres Care Home, said: “The resident’s lounge is at the heart of the home and we’ve used Jerry’s donation to create a fantastic space that can be enjoyed by everyone.

“Jerry was a real character! His quick wit meant he had a great rapport with the team, which is still missed by us all. He loved eating out and liked to get his hair done, so it’s a really fitting way to pay tribute to him.

“There’s new seating, a big counter and a jukebox as well as a salon chair and mirrors which look great. We’re going to have a different theme each week with different types of food or movies, so it should be really great fun.”

Balcarres is a delightful converted family house that has been thoroughly modernised and updated to a very high standard to provide an excellent level of care. The home is located close to the popular seaside resort of Broughty Ferry, with views across to the putting green from the home’s patio seating area.

A friendly, warm atmosphere can be found at the home. Each resident receives a personal care plan, Balcarres monitors them and provides them with the exact level of care they need, with the activity co-ordinator always on-hand with a wide range of activity options.

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