Pitcrocknie Village –
GDL has spent the last 2 years designing a “state of the art” 60 bed care home, partnering with a number of specialists in dementia and elderly nursing care. These include large care providers “Healthcare Management Solutions” who manage over 80 care homes in the UK, the Stirling University “Dementia Services Development Centre” which specialises in housing and care for Dementia sufferers, and experienced healthcare architects, Jewitt & Wilkie, Glasgow. GDL has consulted with these parties to deliver a unique care home design and a “centre of excellence” for Dementia care in Scotland and the UK.
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Healthcare Management Solutions is a leading UK care home management and consultancy company. HCMS will manage the care home and also provide care-in-the-home/domiciliary care to the detached residential units in the new village.
The care home has a unique bespoke design which will provide the highest quality of care for a mix of residents. There are 60 rooms, 50% available for frail & elderly nursing care, and 50% specialist dementia care. The focus is to provide a “non-institutional” facility in landscaped rural location. Features include :
- Constructed all on one level, spacious at 3,700m2 total area
- Non-institutional design
- Dementia friendly Internal/external gardens
- Large residents’ rooms with en-suite facilities. Dementia care input from HCMS and Stirling University DSDC
- Extensive walking areas internally and in the care home grounds
- 6 blocks of residential areas with separate lounge/dining areas
- Quiet rooms/reading areas
- Cinema/functions room
- Communal/meeting areas
The building is located within “Pitcrocknie Village” set on 140 acres of land owned by GDL. This will comprise : over 200 bungalows/family homes in several phases; 9 hole Glenisla Golf Course; Pitcrocknie Bar & Restaurant; communal gardens; walking/buggy paths and ponds/woodland areas. Residents will be able to enjoy the surroundings under supervision as appropriate, and a shuttle bus will be provided to the town of Alyth and the Pitcrocknie Restaurant for meals, functions, events etc. This will help to improve the quality of life and general well-being of residents in the care home.
The Stirling University DSDC is a global specialist in Dementia Care Research and has consulted with GDL in the care home design. They have commented on progress as follows:
“The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. We provide research-evidenced design consultancy services and produce a range of publications on the design environments for people with dementia.
A team multidisciplinary team from University of Stirling, including researchers, architects, lighting, landscape and signage designers, who specialise in design for dementia and other age-related impairments, have been engaged by Glenisla Developments Ltd to inform the design development of proposals designed for grounds within the curtilage of Glenisla Golf Club.
Through their engagement of DSDC for dementia design consultation, Glenisla Developments Ltd have set out achieve the highest standards of dementia design throughout the proposed development. They further evidence their intent aiming to achieve the Gold Standard Award under the University of Stirling’s Dementia Design Accreditation process. So far, the overall proposed scheme includes several characteristics that reflect some of best recognised international standards in evidence-based dementia accessible design. We look forward to working with Glenisla Developments Ltd in pursuit of this goal.”