Santa found time to pop in to visit the Dalhousie Centre in Brechin four times ahead of Christmas, to ensure all services users received a gift.
The visits were organised by staff member Lorna Ramsay who, with the assistance of various elves and staff, made sure everyone went home in high spirits.
On behalf of the Board, chairman Joy Mowatt congratulated staff for their loyalty and hard work. She said: “This year has been difficult with issues with some long-term staff absences and a significant reduction in Angus Council funding of places. The remaining staff have been an exemplar of what caring means in support of our older people to maintain their independence helping them remain in their own homes as long as possible.
“We face a similar reduction in council funding for 2016/17 which is the result of the implementation of Self Directed Support that gives individuals the opportunity to manage their own care package. This can mean that those who are able to make a contribution are asked to do so which may take a bit longer to set up. It has taken a long time to get the system up and running and the Board is hoping to see an uplift in use of our available places as the new scheme sorts itself out.
“It is not all bad news as it gives the centre the opportunity to promote the places not taken up by Angus Council to others in the community for respite care at short notice to allow families and carers a break and time to themselves to attend to personal matters. There is a charge for the services required and transport to and from the centre can be arranged. All of this can be discussed with Manager Gail Swankie on 01356 625501. We will be coming out to the public during 2016 to assess the viability of extending our hours to cover evenings and weekends so I urge you take part in our surveys and meetings as we announce them.”