Balhousie Care Group

Music all in a day's work at Balhousie Care Group

Patsy from Balhousie Care Group dancing to music

It's not a bad day at work when you spend a large part of it listening to your favourite song tracks. But that's just how Balhousie Care Group employees spent a day recently when they learned the benefits of music to people living with dementia.

Sixteen care home staff from across the award-winning group gathered in Balhousie Monkbarns in Arbroath - one of Balhousie Care's 25 homes across Scotland - to receive their latest training in the popular Playlist for Life, a programme launched by broadcaster Sally Magnusson for use in care homes, hospitals and the community.

Triple success for Balhousie Care Group at National Care Awards

Balhousie Care Group finalistst

Three exceptional people from Balhousie Care Group have been shortlisted for a National Care Award. Heather Smith, Yvonne Manson and Ross Balmer are finalists for the prestigious awards which recognises the very best of those working the care industry.

As the Operations Manager at Balhousie's Advanced Specialist Care Unit, Heather Smith has been shortlisted for the Learning Disability Services Manager award for the second year running.

Yvonne Manson, who is a Dementia Nurse Consultant with the leading care home provider, is a finalist in the Care Leadership category. This accolade follows Yvonne's success at the Royal College of Nursing's RCNi Awards last July where she picked up an award for leadership.

New manager joins Balhousie Moyness care home in Broughty Ferry

Balhousie Care Groups new manager Elaine Onyiuke

Balhousie Care Group has announced a new manager for its care home in Broughty Ferry.

Elaine Onyiuke, originally from Belfast and now living in Dundee, comes to Balhousie Moyness with three decades of experience in care homes and social care.

As well as caring for the elderly, she has worked in child protection, for central Government and for Dundee Families Project, established to help families at risk of homelessness due to antisocial behaviour.

Elaine, who has come to Balhousie Moyness from a care home manager role in Fife, said her first step is to meet and talk to residents' families.Balhousie Care Groups new manager Elaine Onyiuke

Balhousie's Advanced Specialist Care unit celebrates rebranding with top Care Inspectorate rating

Balhousie Care rebrands ASC unit

Balhousie Care Group has rebranded its Advanced Specialist Care (ASC) unit, a residential facility for adults with learning disabilities, creating a new brand with input from the people living at the facility.

The Perthshire-based specialist unit is now called ‘Accepting. Supporting. Citizenship', keeping the initials the same but with a stronger focus on the personalised care received.

Linking closely with Balhousie Care Group's drive to deliver person-centred care across all its care homes and its Participation Charter, which offers residents and service users a bigger say in the care they receive, the ASC unit has worked closely with the people living in their care to rename the unit to reflect its people, their beliefs and the service being provided.

Game of Thrones star meets Balhousie dementia champion at nursing awards

Game of Thrones star meets Balhousie dementia champion at nursing awards

A dementia nurse consultant from Perth-based care home company, Balhousie Care Group, has celebrated winning an award for leadership with the Mother of Dragons herself, Games of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Yvonne Manson scooped a national nursing award for her innovative work in dementia practices at the prestigious RCNi Awards in London last night which celebrate excellence in nursing care throughout the UK.

Nurse at Balhousie Care Group uses A&E experience to make difference to elderly residents


When Kate, a nurse and re-enablement champion at Balhousie Coupar Angus care home, joined Balhousie Care Group in late 2016 she thought it would be a temporary move for her. After four decades working in a range of demanding, high-octane nursing roles, Kate's perception of what it took to work in a care home has altered dramatically.

"When I qualified as a nurse, I wanted to work in A&E so that's what I did for 14 years," Kate explained. "It was hard work, but always interesting and no one day was ever the same. After I had a career break to have my three children, I went into occupational health working for companies such as NCR in Dundee and Gleneagles Hotel. Each job was diverse and I was always learning."

Balhousie Care Group finance director scoops national award

FDs Excellence Awards

Mike Reid, finance director of Balhousie Care Group, has been named Finance Director of the Year at the prestigious FDs' Excellence Awards.

Mike won the award in the category of private company with turnover of £20m+ for his work in helping turn around the Perth-based care home group.

Mike joined the company in 2014 and has helped transform Balhousie Care from a firm facing major challenges and losing money, to one which is a leader in its sector and turning a profit. In 2017 he oversaw a £49m refinancing of the business, now in its 25th year of operation and with 25 care homes across Scotland.

Balhousie Care Group raises over £34,800 for Alzheimer Scotland

Balhousie Care hand over the cheque to Alzheimer Scotland

Balhousie Care Group, with 25 care homes across the North East of Scotland, has successfully raised £34,891.29 for their chosen charity partner, Alzheimer Scotland.

Alzheimer Scotland was announced as charity partner in December 2016 after conducting a staff poll. The charity is very close to hearts of staff at Balhousie Care Group, with around 800 Balhousie care group residents living with dementia or cognitive decline.

As part of their 25th Anniversary year, the group aimed to raise £25,000 for the charity, with each of the group's 25 homes tasked with raising £1,000.

She's making a career out of caring - with ‘ridiculously amazing' success

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Jozi Stables' story is one of hard work and dedication. She progressed from doing dishes in a care home kitchen to becoming the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group.

"Make Today Ridiculously Amazing" says a piece of art on Jozi Stables' office wall. It joins other words of encouragement as well as many photos - of the residents and staff of the care home where Jozi has just been appointed manager.

At the age of 27, Jozi is the youngest care home manager at Balhousie Care Group. She heads up 48 full- and part-time staff at Balhousie Ruthven Towers, a Scottish care home which has achieved top Grade 6 ratings from the Care Inspectorate for its management, leadership and standards of care.