78 residential and dementia care places
At Lower Johnshill in Auchlochan, the key word is “home”.
“We are the residents’ home,” says Manager Margo Brunton. “So we’re friendly, welcoming and like a large family. It’s where residents live, so they should be able to do the things they enjoy.”
The rooms come in three sizes (standard, deluxe and turret), and all are en suite with small private kitchens. “We make sure residents have their own tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bread and biscuits,” Margo adds. “So they can decide where to have breakfast, or take their guests to their rooms for refreshments.”
The lounges and garden are safe for people with dementia to enjoy, and those who like gardening are welcome to tend the flowerbeds. Three Social Care Facilitators work together to produce an activity programme of quizzes, arts, crafts, music and singsongs, as well as three fetes a year. “Residents do love a pantomime,” laughs Margo. “They’re not just for Christmas!” Outings, too, are based around where residents themselves wish to go, such as heritage centres, the seaside and places for cream teas.
Food is freshly prepared on site every day, to all dietary needs and preferences – including the same desserts for diabetic residents, only without sugar.