RESIDENTS under lockdown at Alt-Na-Craig care home in Greenock are in good spirits thanks to staff keeping them in touch with their families and friends.

After the care home closed to all visitors amidst coronavirus fears, quick-thinking carers introduced ways the residents could still keep in contact with those who would usually be visiting.

The 50 residents in the Lyle Road establishment are sending messages to families on Facebook, calling them frequently, sending videos and using video calling facilities to impose some normality at this unusual time.

Photos of residents holding up signs with messages for their loved ones has been greatly received.

Michelle King, manager of Alt-Na-Craig, said: "Just because we are in lockdown doesn't actually mean we're shut or not operating as usual.

"This is a particularly distressing time for some of our residents, not all of them remember every day what is happening.

"It's worrying for the families too as they normally see their loved ones regularly.

"This will allow some normality for all involved and give residents something to look forward to each day."

The photos of the residents have been a smash hit on social media, being shared by hundreds of people.

Michelle added: "It's a really nice thing as people can still see their family members in the home and maybe get some comfort in that they're doing okay.

"We're doing everything we can to keep spirits high."