A care home in Nairn, Scottish Highlands, has officially celebrated a £1.1m refurbishment this week to meet the needs of elderly people and provide the first care services in the area for older people living with dementia.
Meallmore, one of Scotland’s leading providers of nursing and residential care, has transformed the original premises of St Olaf Care Home, which is part of its continuing investment programme. Meallmore Lodge, in Inverness, is also undergoing a similar refurbishment, reflecting the company’s ongoing commitment to raising the standards of care in the Highlands and its home across the rest of Scotland.
The refurbished St Olaf’s offers 42 upgraded en-suite bedrooms, including some suites with kitchen facilities, a hairdressing and beauty room, six lounge and dining areas, and conservatory where residents can enjoy the beautiful gardens all year round.
Meallmore created a residents’ forum and worked with the management team to choose the decor, furniture, fixtures and fittings, ensuring those who live and work in the care home would truly feel at home and be happy in their surroundings.
Elizabeth Macrae, manager of St Olaf, said: “Getting the views of residents was very important for this refurbishment and we are delighted with the enthusiasm and ideas that everyone has contributed. Making our residents feel cared for, comfortable and at home, is our top priority and the exceptional staff team and the caring environment they create make St Olaf Care Home a harmonious place to be for residents and staff.
A fully equipped care home, St Olaf’s employs a dedicated care team of 52 people including an activities co-ordinator who works with residents to offer a varied programme of events and activities tailored to their needs and interests. The new refurbishments reflect the high level of service and care offered by the home and the changes bring the facilities in line with these standards.
Gerry Hennessey, managing director of Meallmore Ltd, said: “We’re committed to training staff and all are champions in dementia, continence, nutrition, palliative care, falls and skin integrity across all our homes. We’re exceptionally proud to be able to offer care services for people with dementia for the first time, investing in services for our local community and providing local employment .”