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Care home couple mark their love with tattoos

5 January 2022


Care home residents in Keith have been getting ‘inked’ up with striking new tattoos. And for one married couple, it was an opportunity to mark their love for each other.

Old romantics Geordie and Sheila Morrison, who live at Glenisla Care Home and married in 1963, celebrated their love for each other with matching heart shape tattoos on their hands.

Other residents and staff joined in on the fun with some striking designs. Although the tattoos are temporary, they are larger and more realistic than typical transfers.

Emily Clair, activities coordinator at Glenisla, said: “I had wanted to do something like this for a while, as I myself have a soft spot for tattoos and have quite a few myself. I thought this would be great fun for both residents and staff, and as it’s only temporary and totally harmless. I saw a similar idea at a care home in the United States so thought I would just go for it, although I wanted some temporary transfers that would look more realistic.

“The residents really enjoyed choosing their designs and because they look more realistic than normal transfers, the residents felt that they were getting real tattoos. Some of them were really thrilled with their tattoos, and it was sweet to see Geordie and Sheila choosing matching tattoos to celebrate their love for each other.”

Geordie said: "There’s two hearts, so it means a lot to me. It means we are close and we can stay together."