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Giffnock: Eastwood Court Care Home staff open pub

Staff at an East Renfrewshire care home have told how opening their own pub has brought joy to residents.

An occupational therapist worked with the team at Eastwood Court Care Home, Giffnock, to find ways to improve the quality of life for those staying there.

This led to the opening of ‘The Staying Inn’ pub – and it proved to be a great success, with residents enjoying the odd sweet sherry, a quick half or even just sparkling water, boosting their health mental and physical along the way.

Catherine McAllister, Eastwood Court’s activities co-ordinator, who worked with colleagues Lesley Brown and Jennifer Duffy to bring the bar to life, said: ‘We have regular pub quizzes, dominoes and musical afternoons, as well than odd darts tournaments.

“The Staying Inn provides a relaxing and calm environment for our residents, with a wide selection of beverages from our dementia-friendly menu, which are served with snacks.

“Our residents are really enjoying our new pub and we hope they will continue to do so.”

Fiona Gibson, nursing home liaison occupational therapist at East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership, worked with the Elizabeth Casson Trust to secure a grant to establish the bar, with donations from local businesses helping to equip it.

She said: “Residents can put on their nice clothes, have a drink and enjoy a pub quiz.”

Emma Walker, Senior Occupational Therapist for Mental Health and Recovery Services in East Renfrewshire, added: ‘It’s about improving quality of life and making sure people are functioning and engaging at their best. .

“When you’re in a nursing home, people’s functions can deteriorate quite quickly because other people are doing things for them, which can mean people lose their senses. We are trying to reverse some of that.