Heartfelt Elderslie Resident photo messages get the media talking

19 March 2020

Messages of love and hope shared by the Residents of Elderslie Care Home have caught the attention of the Scottish media.

Messages of love and hope shared by the Residents of Elderslie Care Home have caught the attention of the Scottish media.

Colleagues at the home in Paisley have been sharing the emotional photo messages on their Facebook page, delighting loved ones who haven’t been able to visit due to Coronavirus restrictions.

In each photo, a Resident is pictured holding a heartfelt message they’ve written to their nearest and dearest.

One message read: “I miss you, Donald, boy oh boy, do I! Still alive, taking your good advice and keep yourself safe. All my love, Nan.”

Another Resident wrote: “Adrian, glad to hear you came up. I am very well and being looked after. See you soon, love Mum xxx”

The reaction from families has been overwhelming, with many people taking to Facebook to express their gratitude.

Home Manager Julie Thompson, who was interviewed on Radio Clyde and STV about the story, said that it was a way to help Residents and families feel connected despite being unable to spend time together.

Julie said: “The visiting restrictions are essential, but it’s tough for Residents and their loved ones.

“We wanted to help reassure relatives and friends that our Residents are doing well, staying safe and continuing to enjoy their lives here.

“It was important to us to capture the happy and positive atmosphere at Elderslie, as well as to let relatives and friends know they are in our Residents’ thoughts. Everyone here is delighted that we’ve had such a great response.”

As well as taking to the airwaves and being on TV, the Elderslie Residents were also featured on BBC Scotland in their news round-up and on their Instagram account.

The media outlet created a post about the story for their followers and got over 1,400 likes.