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Home’s kind gesture for married residents

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Home’s kind gesture for married residents thumbnailMaud and Charles Cleland enjoy a Christmas meal together

STAFF at Rathfriland Manor care home have been praised for creating an early Christmas Day for some of their residents.

The home organised a special four-course meal and dance last week so that some of the residents got to have Christmas dinner with their spouses who may not live in the home.

Hazel Galbraith said that it was lovely that her parents, who are married 63 years, got to eat their Christmas dinner together, as they will not be able to on Christmas Day.

“It was lovely and a privilege to be there with my parents and witness this event. I was so overwhelmed with the kindness shown by the home in doing this as it is something I had never heard of before.

“The home went to such extremes for people with dementia and Alzheimer's. They put so much effort into it. My father is blind so while he could not see what was going on, he just loved the atmosphere," said Hazel.

Nicola Watt, administration manager for Rathfriland Manor, says she hopes the couples' dinner is the beginning of an annual tradition.

She said: "Christmas time is an opportunity for family and loved ones to spend time together, observe traditions and enjoy each other's company. 

“When someone spends the festive season away from family, it is easy to feel isolated.  Many married couples who have spent many happy Christmas times together suddenly find themselves apart. 

“So this year we decided to take the opportunity to bring our couples back together to celebrate Christmas together and have Christmas dinner like they knew and loved."

She says the dinner was a success with everyone enjoying the good food and company.

“They also enjoyed the festive atmosphere and reminiscing about years gone by.  Christmas dinner was followed by music and dancing for all to enjoy," she said.

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