Lockdown is changing life for those at Merchiston and Ettrick. Support practitioners and management have been coming up with innovative ideas to keep everyone occupied and entertained.

Louise Sutherland, a Support Practitioner at the service said: “Due to a lot of the people we support being shielded, activities on a Sunday afternoon had initially been suspended.

“Many of those supported have not been out of the grounds for weeks, therefore we needed to think of different forms of interaction. In keeping with the social distancing guidelines, we have come up with a variety of ideas.”

Indoor skittles, outdoor snakes and ladders, a home-made crazy golf course in the communal garden, and an indoor tennis table have all been created. This has been a good morale booster, and has encouraged socialising as well as exercise. Flower pots have also been painted to host a sunflower competition.

    

Most recently, group exercise was decided for Sunday motivation. Louise said: “I facilitated a 10 minute exercise routine before we all had ice-cream and fresh fruit in the garden. Everyone joined and loved the exercises. It went so much better than I thought.”

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