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Local Care Home Get On Their Blue Suede Shoes

20th January 2024

Photograph of Local Care Home Get On Their Blue Suede Shoes

Pentland View care home in Thurso was transformed into Blue Hawaii to mark what would have been Elvis Presley's 89th birthday on 8 January.

It is estimated that Elvis has sold over one billion records worldwide so to honour the undisputed King of Rock & Roll, the staff and residents enjoyed a fantastic day of music, fun and dancing.

Activities Coordinator, Jeanine Sinclair, said: "Music is such an incredible way to connect with each other, and Elvis has played a very big part in many of our residents' lives. From a resident who we learned wore a locket with Elvis’ photo in it in her youth, to one who currently has an Elvis blanket on her bed and listens to his music daily, residents have many happy memories attached to Elvis’ music and films."

To celebrate, Elvis visited the home to take photos and have a laugh with the residents. He also mixed and delivered Blue Hawaii mocktails to all of the residents. Those in the Main Lounge, enjoyed their mocktails while watching the classic film Blue Hawaii while nibbling on pineapple and cheese, as well as a selection of tasty treats cooked by the chef for the day. Finally, no day in celebration of the King would have been complete without a song and a dance, which was great fun! Residents also enjoyed an Elvis magazine and quiz about his life4 and career.

Margaret, a resident, said: "I love Elvis. Everything about him." She especially remembered dancing to his music with her children when they were small. Music really does hold the key to so many happy memories.

Pentland View Care Home is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering high-quality care across its care homes and hospitals. Pentland View provides nursing and residential care, as well as respite care.

Barchester Healthcare is one of the UK’s largest care providers supporting older people living independent lives with dignity and respect. Providing a wide range of services for a variety of needs, Barchester Healthcare supports over 13,000 residents across 258 homes and hospitals for short breaks to long term stays.
A leading care provider over the last 30 years, Barchester services include residential care and nursing care tailored to the individual. Barchester also provide expert dementia care. Many Barchester homes feature a Memory Lane Community, which is a dedicated part of the home designed to support residents who are living with various stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, to stay as independent and active as possible. Barchester also have dedicated services that provide specialist care for those who require neuro rehabilitation, as well as care for those with Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease. Barchester have six independent mental health hospitals that offer functional and organic mental health services.

Once again Barchester Healthcare is proud to be named winner of the RoSPA Health and Safety Award for the Healthcare sector for its contribution to occupational health and safety.

At Barchester, we celebrate life and make sure the people we support do too. Our teams of well-trained staff focus on the individual needs of each resident and are passionate about independence, dignity and choice for all residents in their care. We employ motivated, attentive staff, who are committed to a high standard of care. For more information on the wide range of career opportunities available at Barchester, visit

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