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Parklands Care Homes launches new podcast series Carecast

By Jonathan Clark

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PARKLANDS Care Homes is set to launch a new podcast series which takes listeners on a fun-filled and often emotional journey into the world of its care homes.

Produced by Highland-based Adventurous Audio, and recorded over the summer and autumn, Carecast is a 10-part series that celebrates the people behind Parklands as the company mark its 30th anniversary.

The podcast covers everyone at Parklands, from its team of dedicated care professionals to the people they care for, and the communities that support them.

The series begins with an extended interview with managing director Ron Taylor whose decision to launch Parklands was inspired by his own experience of caring for his grandfather as a young student.

Parklands managing director Ron Taylor with series producer Pennie Latin-Stuart at Lynemore Care Home in Grantown.
Parklands managing director Ron Taylor with series producer Pennie Latin-Stuart at Lynemore Care Home in Grantown.

Subsequent episodes will go behind the scenes at Parklands to explore every aspect of care – from meal preparations for hundreds of residents to the diverse range of meaningful activities on offer.

Carecast also introduces some of Parklands’ longest-serving employees, including Liz Campbell, who has been with the group from the outset, alongside others who have travelled from around the world to make Parklands and Scotland their new home.

The series will also feature prominent figures from the business sector in Moray, including Sarah Medrcaf, CEO of Moray Chamber of Commerce.

Recorded at homes in Aberlour, Keith and Buckie, Carecast authentically captures the sense of fun, compassion and adventure within the homes, from pride events to play schemes for local children.

Donald Morrison, communications director for Parklands Care Homes, said: "Carecast is a heart-warming series that captures the values at the heart of Parklands, the care and compassion of our employees and the remarkable people they care for.

"We set out to produce a series that would portray every aspect of life within our care homes. Carecast is a celebration of life, laughter and joy, but also depicts moments of heartache and loss. It’s funny, touching and emotional in equal measure.

“We are absolutely delighted to have worked with Adventurous Audio on this 30th anniversary project. There are a lot of misconceptions about care homes and growing old, and we wanted to show what life is really like, for residents and our employees. Carecast achieves this brilliantly.”

Pennie Latin-Stuart from Adventurous Audio added: “I really didn’t know what to expect when I came to producing Carecast but it has been a huge eye-opener, a deeply moving and thought provoking insight into the extraordinary people behind the scenes of Parklands.

"It has been such a pleasure to meet and talk with so many of the staff and residents. Being given the opportunity to share their stories, passion and compassion has been truly special.”

The series begins on October 7, with new episodes appearing weekly. You can listen to a preview, and subscribe to future episodes, here: podfollow.com/parklands

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