New care home to feature spa and cinema

An artist's impression of the care home at Pinkhill. Picture: comp
An artist's impression of the care home at Pinkhill. Picture: comp
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A STATE-of-the-art care home boasting a spa and cinema is to be built in the Capital, in a move which could help ease the Capital’s bed-blocking crisis.

Work is set to start this summer after developers were given the go-ahead for the £8 million project at Pinkhill, Corstorphine.

The plan for the 70-bed home has been welcomed given the current shortage of care home places.

Earlier this week the News reported how hundreds of care home beds in the city are lying empty because they fall foul of industry standards, adding to the mounting bed-blocking crisis in Edinburgh.

The care home operator, Care Concern Group, said the new two-storey facility will create up to 100 jobs both during and after construction.

Designed to promote independent living, it will also have a wellness room with gym equipment, a bar, a putting green and a bowling green for more active residents.

Plans include a rooftop garden for people to enjoy views over the golf course and specialist gardens, designed for residents with dementia, will include an old-style post box and bus stop. There will be a library and computer room as well as an outdoor children’s play area.

Steven Yeoman, of architects Yeoman McAllister, said the focus was on entertainment and care.

He said: “I know care operators find it invaluable to have a spa and wellness and sensory rooms for residents to use. There is also a reminiscence room to give benefits to people with various levels of dementia which is designed to spark memories. The home is designed to cater for all residents including those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

The Scottish-based care operator has 16 homes in Scotland. Expected to open next summer, the development has been welcomed by Councillor Ricky Henderson, convener of health, social care and housing, to go some way towards alleviating the current shortfall.

He said: “It certainly increases the capacity in the city which has been an issue for us so at least there is more choice.

“Whether the council will be able to place residents here will obviously depend on the costs so we will have to discuss this with the care provider.

“Certainly for private residents, it will offer more choice which is always a positive thing.”

Manpreet Johal, director of the Care Concern Group, welcomed yesterday’s planning approval. He said: “Not only will it deliver a considerable amount of investment and create an estimated 100 jobs, but it will also serve to address a recognised shortage of care beds across the Lothians as well as opening up and improving a currently vacant site for wider community use.”