Two new care homes, built as part of a £5 million investment, have been officially opened in Tain and Muir of Ord.
Innis Mhor in Tain and Urray House in Muir of Ord are new, state of the art care homes, purpose built for Parklands Group, one of the largest independent care home providers in the north of Scotland.
They were officially opened by Janet Bowen, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty.
Built overlooking the Dornoch Firth, Innis Mhor offers 34 rooms and employs 58 people. Urray House also offers 34 rooms and supports 45 jobs.
Both homes are built over three wings with each room offering en-suite facilities and a Smart TV with integrated camera so that residents can Skype loved ones anywhere in the world. Rooms are around 40% larger than the minimum standard set down by the National Care Standards.
Each wing has its own dining room and meals are prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A coffee shop and family room are available for residents and visitors.
Public areas have been furnished by a local design company and feature a contemporary Highland theme.
Both homes offer nursing and residential care for the elderly. Respite and day care services are also provided at Urray House.
The new care homes replace the ageing local care home facilities formerly run by The Highland Council. Management of both care homes transferred to Parklands in May 2013.
Ron Taylor, Managing Director of Parklands Group, which also has homes in Aberlour, Keith and Buckie, said: “We have invested heavily to provide the best possible living environment for our residents, with state of the art facilities that we believe set a new benchmark for the care sector in the north.
“We have listened carefully to our residents and their families and designed homes that provide a full range of services in modern surroundings that nevertheless retain a strong sense of Highland tradition.
“Our new homes in Tain and Muir of Ord offer the latest in luxury accommodation, with en-suite rooms that are significantly larger than the industry standard. This investment is not only good news for our residents and their families, but for the wider community. By providing new facilities for Tain and Muir of Ord, we can ensure that elderly people can continue to live in these communities close to family and friends, rather than be uprooted to Dingwall, Inverness or even further afield.”
Mr Taylor also revealed that plans to expand both care homes in response to high demand were also being considered. He said: “We have had a tremendous response from the local community and there is already a lengthy waiting list for both homes. We are considering plans to provide additional capacity to meet this demand.”
The care homes were built by the infrastructure, support services and construction group Robertson.
Parklands is also developing plans to open new care homes in Brora, Dornoch, Inverness and Elgin. Last week it submitted proposals for a new £3.5 million care home in Grantown to The Highland Council.
Notes to the Editor
Parklands Group is an award winning care company established in Buckie in 1993. The company is one of the largest independent care home providers in the north of Scotland, providing around 250 care placements at seven locations across Moray and Highland, including Buckie, Keith, Aberlour, Tain and Muir of Ord. The company employs 475 staff across the region. Parklands’ care staff are paid a Living Wage of £7.65 per hour. In 2012, Parklands was named ‘Most Outstanding Care Home Group’ in the UK.