Two new state of the art care homes are set for expansion, less than two years after opening, in a bid to meet the growing demand for care provision for the elderly across the Highlands.
Independent care home provider Parklands Group is set expand its facilities at Muir of Ord and Tain, built at a combined cost of £5 million and opened in June 2014.
The new homes currently boast 34 en-suite rooms, which are typically 40% larger than the minimum standard set down by the National Care Standards. Every room features a Smart TV with integrated camera so that residents can Skype loved ones anywhere in the world.
A further six bedrooms will be added at each care home in a project costing £1 million. Three full time equivalent jobs will be created at each care home as a result of the expansion.
Work on the expansion will start in April with the rooms due to open to residents in October.
The company is currently awaiting the outcome of its application for a new 40 bed care home in Fortrose, submitted last year.
Ron Taylor, Managing Director of Parklands Group, said: “Since we opened our new care homes in Muir of Ord and Tain we have been struck by the huge demand for quality care provision across the region. The interest has been unprecedented and both homes now have an extensive waiting list. Our £1 million investment will certainly help meet some of this demand. However, it is clear that much more needs to be done to expand care provision across the Highlands.
“The situation in Fortrose is particularly serious given that its only care home closed last year. We hope that our proposal for a new 40 bed care home, which has won strong backing from the community and local elderly groups, will ultimately be approved so that we can begin to address the desperate shortage of care provision in the area.”
Meanwhile, Parklands Group is about to start work on a new 40 bed care home in Grantown. Construction work will begin in the spring, with the new home due to open its doors to residents around March next year.
In 2015 the company won the Outstanding Performing Business (25+ employees) in the Highland Business Awards and was a finalist in Scotland’s Dementia Care awards, alongside partners NHS Highland and Robert Gordon University.