Care home set to grow

Lux­ury vil­lage bid with full fa­cil­i­ties

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

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.”

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