In the Inveresk service last week we had two birthdays, celebrating Sean turning 22 and Jim 73. They are the youngest and eldest in the service and everyone felt it would be a shame if nothing was done.

The service had a small celebration for Easter and this gave Sean the idea of having a little ‘do’ in the garden for both men’s birthdays.

Sean hasn’t been able to see his family since the start of the lockdown - apart from a five minute chat through a window and daily calls. Although they couldn’t attend, they were delighted that something had been done so his birthday didn’t go unnoticed.

Staff helped to decorate the flat and garden with birthday banners, and the sun was shining which allowed the staff to play a little football with Sean, which he loved.  

Jim spent time reminiscing about the 10 years he has now spent in the service.

He told staff how much he loved his home and that he didn’t want to be anywhere else. He even told service manager Jane that she had: “done well in getting good staff to help look after him”.

It would be easy to downplay birthdays and other annual celebrations in these circumstances, but it’s important that people aren’t left feeling like their lives have been put on hold. This party provided a few hours of light relief during a pretty stressful time for everyone.

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