New care home shortlisted for national award

A state-of-the-art care home in Edinburgh which specialises in dementia care has been shortlisted for a prestigious national design award.

drumbrae Drumbrae Care Home is one of the few UK care homes to head towards the finals of the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2014, which reward innovation in care-related architecture.

Opened by the City of Edinburgh Council last year, architects from Robert Potter and Partners used design features and technology to make sure the building enhanced and supported residents and staff. These were tailored to meet the needs of people living with dementia.

Judges visited Drumbrae Care Home to evaluate just how much the building's design has enhanced the wellbeing of the residents. Robert Potter and Partners, which nominated Drumbrae for the award, presented a cheque for £500 to Helen Hay of Alzheimer Scotland. Award nominees were asked to name a charity who received a cheque if the home was shortlisted.

Opened last year, the care home was the fifth new care home to be built by the Council as part of its strategyfor providing a high quality care environment for older people.

The 60 bed care home replaced two of the Council's older care homes - Clermiston House and The Tower.

The number of people living with Dementia is predicted to more than double in Edinburgh. A multi-agency campaign urging people to recognise the signs and to seek help and support was launched on January 28.

Ongoing plans to support people living with dementia in Edinburgh incude the Recognising the Signs campaign, which was has been set up by the Council, Alzheimer Scotland and NHS Lothian to tackle the growing numbers of people with dementia. The campaign also forms the basis of a bid for the capital to become a "dementia friendly" city.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Convener for Health and Wellbeing, said: "Drumbrae Care Home is providing a much-needed service for people to stay in accommodation which is suited to their needs as well as a quality standard of living. Congratulations to the staff who care for the residents and to the architects for their innovative design.

"Dementia affects around 7,700 people in Edinburgh and can have a life changing effect on the person, their family and friends. It is extremely important that people are offered the right support and help to plan for the future."

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on April 2.

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