Care home set to grow
Luxury village bid with full facilities
A Cambuslang care home is set to expand and begin a new care village programme.
Flemington Care Home in South Lanarkshire has refinanced with the Royal Bank of Scotland as it undertakes its largest expansion programme since it launched in 1987.
The business, owned by entrepreneur Brian McNamara, has opened the doors on a redevelopment of the upper level, creating a facility with 87 bedrooms offering residence for up to 90 clients.
This redevelopment has been done in conjunction with one of Scotland’s top fire safety consultants, creating a facility which aimed to exceed every building standard in the Scottish care home sector.
Brian said: “It is great to have made this move to Royal Bank of Scotland as it is an exciting time for the business. We had been considering redevelopment and expansion for nearly ten years following 2005’s Fire Act Scotland.
“Care homes have had to really improve building standards and we have been working to create a development that we’d describe as ‘futureproof’ – that aimed to exceed every standard and has been built with further regulation in mind.
“With this extension we have been able to increase capacity and focus on providing a very high level of luxury for our residents with rooms which are well designed, and equipped to a very high standard but this is just the start. We now want to take things further.”
“Thankfully the Royal Bank of Scotland understood this, where we want to take the business in the future and supported these ambitions.”
The home, which was opened 28 years ago with just nine twin and two single rooms, will add support businesses such as hairdressers and even plans a nursery on-site to give residents greater choice and a sense of community and create the feeling of a care village.
This forward thinking approach isn’t new to the business. It was one of the first in Scotland to offer rooms to married couples. It already offers services such as therapy dogs to help clients deal with feelings of loneliness or bereavement.
Brian said: “We’ve always tried to explore needs and people’s wants and provide a service to suit.
“That is part of the reason why we’re exploring the opportunity of having a nursery on-site.
“Many of our residents are grandparents and such a facility would have many benefits on morale as well as planning for families.”
Charlie Serafini, business development manager with the Royal Bank of Scotland in Glasgow, added: “The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to be working with Brian and his team.
“He is a very experienced operator who is very focused on delivering high quality care in a first-class, purposebuilt environment.
“The Scottish care home market is a buoyant strand within the UK health care sector and that is in part due to the forward-thinking approach that businesses such as Flemington Care Home take. We wish Brian every success with the expansion of the business.”