One of the largest care providers in the UK is preparing to open a new 64-bed care home in the Glasgow area. Bupa Plc have built, what is likely to become their flagship care home in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire. The new home, named Mugdock House Care Home, which is to be opened in February, has been designed to provide specialist dementia care, along with nursing care for other illnesses and conditions such as stroke, and cognitive impairment.
Mugdock House forms part of a larger development on Stockiemuir Road which includes residential housing and Bearsden Academy. The home, which cost £7 million home to build, has been under construction for the past 12 months.
Bupa have strived to provide a first-class care home. The design of the new care home includes purpose-built design features to make life easier and more comfortable for people with dementia include reminiscence activity areas, secure sensory gardens and reminiscence features to aid recollections of the past. The architects have designed the building with ease of movement very much at the centre of the design concept. During the warmer months, residents will be able to enjoy the alfresco dining terraces and the raised planting beds – which will potentially enable residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
In addition, Mugdock House has its own hair dressing salon, a therapy room and even a cinema, in addition to private dining rooms and overnight accommodation for relatives wishing to stay close to their loved ones. The home includes modern amenities such as wi-fi access to enable residents to get online.
The care home manager, Lorraine Murray, said: “It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get to where we are now and we are looking forward to welcoming our first residents. This state of the art home is going to look fantastic when complete and there is no doubt that the special facilities and care we will offer will match this.”
The new home has created more than 90 new employment opportunities for locals – adding to the 3,300 care staff already employed by Bupa in Scotland alone.
Kenny Valentine, Bupa’s director Scotland, said: “We have completed the recruitment process and we have a dedicated team of experienced, compassionate and caring staff in place. A highly skilled home manager has been appointed who has worked with Bupa Care Services for over five years and has managed other Bupa care homes in the Glasgow area.”
“Lorraine has been working extremely hard to ensure Mugdock House will offer the best care possible. All staff have undergone an extensive training programme over the past two months which has allowed them to bond as a group and settle into their roles.
“We already have residents eager to move in and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say I am very much looking forward to opening the doors next month.”