Care South is making sure none of its care home residents miss out on festive spirit due to COVID-19 this Christmas.

To help spread some cheer and get everyone jolly as we moved into December, the not-for-profit charity held its own Christmas lights switch-on at Fern Brook Lodge care home in Gillingham, as many public events have been cancelled this year.

The switch-on was the first in a series of festive events that are being lined up in December.

On Friday, December 4, the care homes turned into grottos full of elves and games as they raised money for Alzheimer’s Society’s Elf Day. On Wednesday 9, they will then be treated to a pantomime performance from former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan ahead of the virtual Care South Christmas party the following week.

While 2020 was anything but normal, Care South’s dedicated and passionate staff will aim to make Christmas as normal as possible for residents. The care homes will still be accommodating COVID-safe family visits through Christmas to ensure loved ones can keep in contact.

For older people who were be lonely in the coming months, or who may need a break and some extra support, Care South welcomes respite stays at all its care home, providing with good food, fun and friendship. For more information, or to find the nearest care homes to you, visit