A £7 million specialist nursing and dementia care home is currently under construction in Bearsden, Glasgow.
Mugdock House Care Home is a three-storey, purpose built facility providing care for people living with dementia. Construction of the 64-bed care facility is being implemented by Bupa Care Services and as well as offering dementia care the home will also provide specialist services for elderly people and those requiring general nursing care.
Features of Mugdock House Care Home will include distinctive reminiscence activity areas, secure sensory gardens and memory boxes to help residents connect with the past. The site will also include a range of high-quality features, such as wet rooms, Wi-Fi access, a hair salon and a therapy room.
The care home is conveniently situated close to high street amenities and is within close proximity to transport links to Glasgow City centre.
Scotland’s leading construction company, Dawn Construction is the main contractor on the project, whilst world-class architectural practice Archial is the architect.
Once complete, the new care home will form part of a much larger development which will include St Andrew’s Primary School, Bearsden Community College and a residential housing development. The construction of Mugdock House Care Home will also create 90 much needed jobs for the local area.
Mugdock House Care Home has been specifically designed to encourage residents to engage with their surroundings and as such decorative features will include eye catching pictures colour co-ordinated corridors and signs to help residents manoeuvre around the building.
All of the bedrooms will be fully furnished – many including patio doors branching into the gardens – whilst large communal areas will include spacious lounges and dining rooms. An activity suite will cater for a varied selection of activities – including home baking – and family rooms will provide over night accommodation for residents’ guests.
Additional features of Mugdock House Care Home include a cinema and audio visual suite.
Work began on the project in November 2011. To mark the occasion local pupils from Bearsden Primary School attended an official ‘ground breaking’ ceremony in order to bury a time capsule on the site. As the event also coincided with the school’s 100th anniversary, pupils attended the ceremony decked out in centenary costumes.
Over 40 guests attended the ceremony, including Bupa Chief Executive Ray King and after the time capsule was buried guests were taken to Bearsden Town Hall where they were encouraged to take part in Bupa’s ‘Your Memories Matter’ campaign. The campaign encourages people to share their memories in order to help those who may require specialist dementia care in later life.
In discussing the importance of Mugdock House Care Home, Bupa Regional Director, Kenny Valentine, said:
“This will be a very special home in the heart of the local community. As experts in caring for elderly people and those living with dementia, we are proud to be offering the residents of Bearsden and Milngavie not only the very best facilities but the highest standard of care and support.
“It was great to see the children planting a little piece of the present day on the site as it made it more personal to us all and should be a great discovery in years to come.”
Bupa is the UK’s largest provider of dementia care, caring for over 2700 residents in Scotland and employs approximately 3300 members of staff. With no shareholders, Bupa is able to invest its profits to improve the services and amenities offered to its residents and to help improve the standard of care for older people.
Bupa care homes are open to everyone – with over 70% of UK residents receiving state funding – and in addition to its UK coverage, Bupa has facilities in Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Bupa’s purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier and happier lives and the new care home in Bearsden will help the group to continue to achieve this goal.
Work on Mugdock House Care Home is scheduled to reach completion in early 2013.
For more information about Bupa and its services, please visit: www.bupa.co.uk/care-homes.