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Ross County Manager Makes Care Home Resident’s Dream Come True

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Resident Arthur Patience, at Highview House care home in Inverness, had long been known as a huge Ross County fan, so staff at the home gave him the trip of a lifetime, while at the same time proving the old adage, it’s never too late. 

Arthur Patience with The Ross County Team

Arthur has lived at  Highview  for a number of months now, and is beloved by staff and residents alike.

Knowing his fondness for all things Ross County, activities staff at the home were delighted to be a part of making Arthur’s big day by taking him on a surprise tour of the stadium. 

Only, his day out became even more of a dream adventure when, while watching the team train,  he was invited on to the training pitch by County interim manager Don Cowie.

Staff first found out about Arthur’s passion for Ross County when he first moved in, and, ever since then, they have been dedicated to helping him celebrate his life long passion.

Arthur was also accompanied by Sharon Laird and Aiden Wylie of the Highview House activities team, who were there to witness this momentous occasion.

In response to this wonderful surprise, Arthur said:

“It was a great day out. 

“I thought we were just going to the club shop, but we were lucky enough to see the players training, so we stopped to watch.

“Then the manager invited me out on to the pitch. 

“I told them I would give playing up front a try if they needed a centre forward!”

Aiden Wylie,  lead activities coordinator (and fellow Staggie) at the home, said:

“We believe that every moment is worth cherishing. 

“We want everyone we care for to know how important they are to us here at Highview as individuals.

“We want our activities to be person-centred and cater for every resident’s hobbies and interests. 

“Being such a big supporter of Ross County, Arthur had been up since five in the morning just for a trip to the stadium. 

“I have to say, the manager and his players couldn’t have been kinder to Arthur – inviting him on to the training ground absolutely made his day. 

“It was wonderful to see how happy Arthur was – and to be honest,  the staff loved being a part of this as well.”

Highview House care home is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering personalised care across its care homes and hospitals. 

Highview provides residential care, nursing care and dementia care for more than 70 residents from respite care to long term stays.

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