Care facility finds a way to keep up its love for live music


11th March 2021

There may still be restrictions on gigs and other performances, but for one care facility in Perthshire the fun of live music continues even a year after lockdown.

Service users at ASC, where adults with disabilities and challenging behaviours seek to live as independent a life as possible, took to their car park for a sing- and dance-a-long this week, thanks to a visit from local musician Chris White.

Crieff-based Chris has been a regular live entertainer at ASC and other homes in the Balhousie Care Group for several years. When visiting restrictions were put in place last March, the homes continued to invite Chris to perform – although outside only.

On Tuesday, ASC service users and staff joined in Chris’s medley of favourites, from Abba’s Mamma Mia to Neil Sedaka and Tony Christie’s Is This The Way to Amarillo.

“It’s always a pleasure to perform at ASC, they’re such a lovely group to sing with and interact really well,” said Chris, who has been performing for care homes for four years. “Since the pandemic I’ve been performing primarily for care homes since there have been no pubs [open] at all.”

Jen Aitchison, Manager at ASC, said: “Music lifts everyone’s spirits but our service users in particular love it. It’s a great chance for people from all of the units at our Balbeggie site – staff and service users – to get together. Huge thanks to Chris for making everyone’s day.”

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Balhousie Care Group

Balhousie Care homes provide residents with a happy, friendly, safe and caring environment coupled with an exceedingly high level of accommodation.

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