Residents and staff at Mearns House are celebrating after competing in the second annual Meallmore Olympic Games.

Mearns House, located on Aldton Court in Newton Mearns is one of 26 Meallmore care homes across Scotland and got involved with companywide Olympic-themes activities in a bid to be crowned the winner.

Taking place over one full week, the games kicked off with an opening ceremony. All care homes were asked to create a team flag and a national anthem, with the brilliant efforts setting the tone for the games. Flags were waved and anthems sung at the start of each of the four rounds of activities.

Photo: Mearns House resident Alan Thomson and staff member Jade White compete at the Meallmore Olympics

Staff and residents from Mearns House then battled it out in the rounds ‘synchronized hoovering’, ‘come fly with me’, ‘bouncing basketball’ and the ‘laundry triathlon’. Winners were announced online in a closing ceremony.

While they didn’t make it to the medal tables this year, the team at Mearns House weren’t disheartened. The smiles and laughter enjoyed by all residents and staff was worth far more than a medal could deliver by winning any challenge.

Resident Josie Waterson and staff member Nicola Buchannan take part in synchronized hoovering

Resident Betty Hodge also took part

Jody Marshall, Group Hospitality Manager of Meallmore who organised the activities said: “We had hundreds of people getting involved in all of our care homes across the country, and it was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of the games.

“While we’re all individual units caring for people across Scotland, we’re all one big team and family. The passing of our Olympic Flame in our opening ceremony this year was exceptionally symbolic of our team. It represented our connection – we are united despite our geographical distances. I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all Meallmore competitors on their fantastic efforts during the games. You’ve all done your homes incredibly proud.”

Kirsty Craig, care home manager of Mearns House said: “While it’s been a summer of sport this year, the highlight of the sporting calendar for us has undoubtedly been the second annual Meallmore Olympics. It was really great to compete against all other Meallmore care homes and it’s proved to be quite the hit with everyone here at Mearns. Our residents and staff have really demonstrated their talents – and their competitiveness!”

Mearns House, ran by Meallmore, is committed to providing high quality care and support, investing in staff training, engagement and communication to ensure residents have access to the best possible care. The company provides a range of residential nursing, dementia and mental health care across Scotland.